Michael Carrick is confident Manchester United are 'looking strong' and has again warned of the dangers of writing off the Premier League champions.
United's recent elimination from the UEFA Champions League, and Carling Cup quarter-final defeat by Crystal Palace, prompted suggestions of a crisis at Old Trafford.
However, United briefly went top of the table on Sunday after a 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers before local rivals Manchester City returned to the summit courtesy of victory over Arsenal.
Carrick scored the second goal at Loftus Road and is happy to see the Red Devils in the hunt for a 20th top-flight crown.
"People have been writing us off but we are looking strong and we are happy with the way we are going," said Carrick. "There is still a long way to go."
His goal against QPR was the first Carrick had scored for United in almost two years and he was satisfied his effort was enough to put the game to bed.
The England midfielder added: "The last time I scored a goal from inside my own half was probably when I was playing Under 12s!
"It just seemed to open up for me and I kept on going and going and thought 'why not?' It was great to see it go in.
"It seemed to take forever to actually reach the back of the net. It wasn't a relief getting my first for so long, I was more interested in killing the game off."