Michael Carrick: I take the blame

by Sam Peoples

Michael Carrick has held his hands up and taken full responsibility tonight for a poor back pass in the build up to Southampton’s goal.

An uncharacteristically weak, looped pass from Carrick left De Gea short and Rodriquez took full advantage of the mistake to put Southampton 1-0 within two minutes.

Speaking after the game, Carrick said:

“I just didn’t get enough on it. Totally my fault, I take the blame for it and hold my hands up.”

Fair play, Michael. Coming out and saying that is not only a really professional thing to do but it is extremely smart too because it protects De Gea.

It was certainly his fault but pundits are no doubt going to be swarming around De Gea like vultures circling the kill. He could of done more but if he had even touched Rodriguez, he would of got sent off and Manchester United would of had to play a full game with ten men.

In the grand scheme of the game, we came out with a 2-1 victory and De Gea played a massive part in that. He made a few vital saves that stopped Southampton’s impressive second half performance from nicking a point.

I am now genuinely worried about De Gea’s future at the club. Not because of his ability but because of the media. With Barcelona on the look out for a new goalkeeper, De Gea doesn’t have to stay in England and be constantly attacked by the press does he? Ferguson is the master of protecting his players and he will certainly have to stand by De Gea until he fulfils his potential which he undoubtedly will.

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davie d dola Batapasango 01/31/2013 - 07:57

no problem about De Gea, that pass was too short for him and he does the best he can without contact with the opponent but it was to late. To Carrick this must be the first and last mistake because if he continue doing this, for sure we can’t achieve something.

lununcle 01/31/2013 - 03:24

it was 100% Carrick’s fault and it is nice to see his comment after the match….a nice gesture…there was not much de Gea could have done in that situation……not his fault at all….we were lucky to have this 3 points at the end…good to pile further pressure on our noisy neighbour which is most important..

George 01/31/2013 - 00:18

What could DeGea do in that situation? Bring Southampton player down, give away a penalty and get a red card? I don what was best for the team. Coming back from 1:0 down with 11 is much easier than with 10 men. Especially when most of midfielders did not turn up tonight!

kwabena 01/30/2013 - 23:32

wise from Carrick.De gea was very clever not to have touch that ball.dont forget comeback kingssssss


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