Michael Carrick stresses his Manchester United team-mates are “disappointed” but not won’t lose determination after losing 1-0 to bitter rivals Manchester City on Sunday.
Louis van Gaal’s side played most of the match v Man City at the Etihad with 10 men after Chris Smalling was shown a red card for a second bookable offence, which made room for Carrick to make his first appearance of the season after being out for months due to injury.
A shoulder injury to Marcos Rojo led to 19-year-old Paddy McNair playing alongside Carrick in the heart of the United defence but wasn’t enough to stop Sergio Aguero netting the winner.
Louis van Gaal’s men showed a lot of fighting spirit and Carrick reckons the team is definitely moving in the right direction.
“It was disappointing really,” Carrick told Sky Sports. “We had to play with 10 men but the longer the game went on, we felt we could get a chance to nick one and we had a couple of opportunities where we felt it might have fallen for us. So in the end, even though we had 10 men for such a long time, we are disappointed to come away with nothing.
“It could have been a draw. They had opportunities at times, which you would probably expect with us being a man down. We feel that maybe we’ve left a goal out there and we are disappointed but not disheartened.”
Manchester United now have 13 points from 10 Barclays Premier League matches so far.