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Michael Carrick hoping for Manchester United improvement

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick believes the club can build on their momentum after two consecutive wins at the start of the season.

The Red Devils beat Tottenham Hotspur on the opening day courtesy of Kyle Walker's own goal, whilst Adnan Januzaj's strike proved the difference at Aston Villa on Friday night.

Carrick admits that the performance against the Villains wasn't the best, but the England international knows winning such games is vital if the Red Devils are to be in the mix for the Premier League title at the end of the season.

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“It’s about building momentum from the off. It puts us in a decent position at this stage even though it’s early. It’s something to build on and it gives us a base to move forward. We know we can play a lot of better and we have the players to do that; I’m confident that will come," he told the official Manchester United website.

“Performance–wise it wasn’t as good as we’d have liked against Villa although defensively I thought we did well and they didn’t really have many opportunities. It was a positive three points.

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Key games 

“These games are vital for us to win. Last season we weren’t winning them so it’s a good sign. There is a lot more to come from us, we expect more and we hope for some better performances. Hopefully next time we get the full package.”

Louis van Gaal's men welcome Newcastle to Old Trafford in their next domestic fixture, but before that it's the small matter of a Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge on Tuesday.

The Red Devils are looking to get back into Europe's premier club competition after missing out last year, and Carrick knows a solid first leg performance would put them on the right track once again.

“It’s going to be a big night on Tuesday. It’ll be a big two games in fact - they could help set us up for the season,” added the vice-captain.

“What we have to gain (from winning the tie) is very important, but you approach both matches as any other games. We want to win on Tuesday and not concede. Hopefully we can get a good start and take a lead to their place. We’ll be ready.”

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