Michael Carrick: Manchester United ‘nowhere near good enough’ against FC Midtjylland

by Tanveer Arayan

Michael Carrick has admitted that Manchester United were “nowhere near good enough” in the 2-1 defeat against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday.

Man United put in a dismal display in Denmark as goals from Pione Sisto and Paul Onuachu secured a deserved victory for Midtjylland.

The result left Louis van Gaal’s side with an uphill task ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford next week. Carrick expressed his disappointment following the clash.

“It was a bad night. To come here and lose is nowhere near good enough,” Carrick said.

“The only positive is that we’ve got another chance at [winning] it, but it doesn’t really change the fact that we were simply nowhere near good enough tonight. You can use any excuse but at the end of the day we weren’t good enough.

“Of course we’re confident of turning it around. We’re all very disappointed now but, when the dust settles, we’ll get our head around. Next week is another day, another game, and we need to be better. We can’t perform like that and expect to win games. We’ve got to be better irrespective of the opposition, so next week we’ll be better and looking to go through.

“I can’t knock the supporters, they were incredible. They’ve been great throughout my time at the club, especially during the last couple of years when they haven’t had much to shout about. They’ve stuck with us and travelled tonight to support us so I can only apologise. Hopefully we can give them some reward for the unbelievable support they’ve shown both the players and the club.”

Michael Carrick

United’s performance against supposedly inferior opposition in Midtjylland was disgraceful and pathetic.

There have been a series of lows for supporters this season but Thursday saw United plunge to even further depths. Incompetency runs through the club in van Gaal, Ed Woodward and the Glazers and drastic change is needed, and quick, if United are to salvage their disastrous campaign and turn things around.


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