Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick admits the club faces a "make or break" week in their season. The 34-year-old was part of the United team that slumped to a 3-0 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane yesterday (10 April), and Carrick acknowledges the club's campaign rests on the outcome of their FA Cup quarter-final replay against West Ham United.
The cup represents United's last hope of winning some silverware this season and the veteran midfielder is fully aware of the significance of the game on Wednesday night (13 April). The Red Devils drew 1-1 with the Hammers in the first leg at Old Trafford, and Carrick admits they will need to brush themselves down quickly in order to beat Slaven Bilic's side.
"We are looking forward to Wednesday now, that has got to be the focus," Carrick told the club's official website. "We have to take what we can from today and we have to move on and look forward to a massive game on Wednesday. We all know what that means.
"It is make or break on the night and it is one we can look forward to and hopefully come away with a win and get into the next round."
United's dismal display against Spurs at the weekend means they have slipped four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City in the Premier League table. Despite this, Carrick said a Champions League finish remains a realistic prospect.
"It is not the weekend we wanted at all but there are a few more weekends left so things can happen," said Carrick, who joined United from Spurs in 2006. "We have seen that all sorts of different ways so we just need to focus on ourselves, take what we can from the rest of the season and see where that takes us."