Michael Carrick has insisted that Manchester United must focus on the Europa League clash against Liverpool on Thursday following the 1-0 loss against West Bromwich Albion.
Juan Mata was dismissed after just 26 minutes at The Hawthorns on Sunday as Solomon Rondon struck a late winner for West Brom.
The result left Man United sixth in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand. Carrick believes the loss was a “setback” for his side but that they must move on.
“We are very disappointed. All things considered, we weren’t brilliant, but we were pretty comfortable for most of it and they weren’t causing us many problems,” Carrick said.
“It is a setback but there are some massive games around the corner.
“Things were looking good this week; we were on the up, everyone was so positive. This is a blow for us but we need to get back, ready for Thursday.
“There is still a lot to play for, there are going to be twists and turns and we have a lot of the teams around us to play, so that will tell its own story come the end of the season.”
It is now extremely unlikely that United will finish in the top four following the defeat against West Brom.
The Europa League tie against Liverpool, already a huge game, has taken on added significance as a result, as winning the competition looks to be United’s only way of securing Champions League football next term.