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‘It’s a huge three points’: Manchester United’s Michael Carrick relishes sweet victory against bitter rivals Chelsea

By Dean Wilkins

Michael Carrick is urging his Manchester United teammates to use their first away win at Chelsea in a decade to spur them onto to taking the lead in the Premier League race.

Nine-men Chelsea were sunk 3-2 by United after clawing their way back from a two-goal deficit – Javier Hernandez’s tap in 15 minutes from time sealed the win.

And with Sir Alex Ferguson’s men not having left Stamford Bridge with three points for more than a decade, Carrick insists that the victory will have a huge impact on their title challenge.

“It’s a huge three points,” the England midfielder told MUTV. “Not winning here for a long time against our biggest rivals, we wanted to put that right and we wanted to win for that.

“If we had lost today we would’ve been well adrift. I know there’s a long way to go, but it wouldn’t have been a good position for us to be in. So for those two reasons it was a big result.”

United were gifted a numerical advantage after Branislav Ivanovic brought down Ashley Young while in on goal – that advantage was doubled within ten minutes as Fernando Torres picked up a second yellow for simulation.

And having not had the luck of the green in recent years, United certainly had their fair share yesterday as Chicharito’s winner looked to be offside.

“Over the last three or four years we’ve had some really great performances here and not come away with what we deserved, so today it was sweet to get the three points,” Carrick added.

“We’ve really played some great stuff and the performances have been spot on, so to come away with no wins has been disappointing and we felt the next win was close.

“We have had some decisions not go our way and it’s been tough for us here, but maybe that turned around for us today. We’ll take what we get.”

United are one point behind Chelsea and beat Manchester City into second place through goal difference.

And Carrick admits that it is taking points off rivals is the key to successful seasons.

“Especially against your rivals – the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea, Arsenal next week – it’s important you take points off them,” he added.

“That’s why it was important and next week is just as important. It’s a good start to the season. We’ve obviously had a couple of defeats but we’ve bounced back and we’re still in a good position, so we can be happy.”

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