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Carragher: Manchester United no longer ‘terrified’ against big teams

Jamie Carragher believes Manchester United have lost the ‘fear,’ they so often showed against other top teams during Jose Mourinho reign at Old Trafford.

Manchester United have won five Premier League games on the bounce since the appointment of former striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker boss just before Christmas, and passed the first major test of the Norwegian’s reign yesterday when they won 1-0 away to Spurs at Wembley.

Even having played his entire career for United’s arch rivals Liverpool, Carragher has revealed that he ‘loved,’ seeing the Old Trafford outfit playing freely at Wembley on Sunday, instead of being preoccupied with the opposition, as was so often the case under the ultra-conservative Mourinho.

“For three or four years, watching Mourinho’s sides, in the big games, Manchester United were terrified going into them thinking they couldn’t compete with these other top teams,” Carragher told Sky Sports MNF.

“They were terrified of what the opposition would do. Wingers were tracking the runs of opposing full-backs – how often did we say Manchester United were in a back six?

“This went on for years, I spoke to Gary Neville about it during Mourinho’s first season and he was convinced it would change when Mourinho got better players, it didn’t.

“The brilliant thing I loved from Manchester United at Wembley was that their fear had gone.”

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