Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick admits that the Red Devil’s season has been damaged by too many draws but insists they are making progress under manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United's only defeat in their last 17 games was a 1-0 reverse to Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final at Stamford Bridge, while they have not lost in the English Premier League since a 4-0 thrashing by the leaders on October 23.
A failure to break down dogged opponents and see out games from winning positions has hampered their progress this term, however. The Red Devil have 12 draws in the top flight - nine of which have come at Old Trafford - and remain four points outside the top four in the table.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea's visit on Sunday, he said: "I can't compare us to any other team, to be honest. We concentrate on ourselves. We believe we will get better. We will improve. There are a lot of good signs.
"But you look at yourselves and say if we were really struggling football-wise and were miles away then in some ways, you can't accept it, but you can see why you are struggling.
"But we have been playing so well for so long. The draws are killing us. In some ways you are better off losing one and winning one than doing what we have been doing having drawn so many.
"But going on a run like we have done shows we have a bit of steel and have a bit of character about us.
"There are positives but at the moment it is not quite enough for us. We need that something to finish teams off. We have got to be ruthless and have to finish games off. We have to find a way. It is close, we are getting better but we still have to find that way.
"We have the quality in attack. It is disappointing if you are not creating but we are looking dangerous and I am sure it will come. As a team and a squad we are growing. We will develop that.