Michael Carrick believes players and staff must take responsibility for Manchester United dreadful run of results and not only manager Louis van Gaal.

United slumped to a third successive Barclays Premier League defeat on Boxing Day at Stoke City and Carrick admits they lost 2-0 at the Britannia Stadium because the players did not do enough to get the needed result.

“It was a tough game. We gave ourselves too much to do in the end,” the 34-year-old United vice-captain said.

“It was a bad first goal to concede and Stoke is a tough place to come – they have a good team. To start like we did, to go two down in the situation we are in is tough. We had chances in the second half, but it didn’t go in.

“As a club, as a group of players, the staff and the manager; everyone is in this together. We have to stick together and win football matches. We all have to take responsibility for that, we are all in it together.

“We are on a horrible run, it’s a horrible feeling, it hurts a lot and it’s hard to take. We are not playing well enough as a squad, we take responsibility for that, it has to be a lot better. When you are on a bad run, it’s tough, it’s hard to take.

“This is Manchester United we are playing for, it’s a special club and it’s a privilege to play here – we need to do better, it’s as simple as that.

“For me I look at myself and say that I can do better. It starts from within; everyone must do that, we need to stick together and we need a win.

“You can single anybody out when you are in these situations, but the only way to get through this is to work hard, stick together and keep believing it will turn for us, and it has to turn for us in the next game.”

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