Michael Carrick: We didn’t help ourselves against West Ham United

by Ben Topliss

Michael Carrick knows Manchester United contributed to their own downfall in the 3-2 defeat against West Ham United on Tuesday.

Man United went 2-1 up in the final ever fixture at Upton Park but West Ham secured the win thanks to goals from Michail Antonio and Winston Reid.

The result means that United are relying on Swansea City to beat Manchester City on the final day to stand any chance of securing a top four finish in the Premier League. Carrick was downbeat following the clash.

“We were in a good position but we didn’t help ourselves. You have got to be better than that, cleverer than that,” he said.

“The atmosphere was loud and what we expected before the game. We have been in big atmospheres before. You have got to deal with that.

“It is in Man City’s hands now [to finish in the top four]. We have let that slip. We have got to win our final game and see what happens.”

United were overwhelmed all too easily against West Ham and the final result was a disappointing one. It is a familiar script for supporters, who have had to endure large swathes of mediocrity from the players and management this term.

The inquest into Louis van Gaal’s disastrous campaign this season will now begin in earnest as it is unlikely that Swansea will beat City. Of course, United still have an FA Cup final to think about but it is clear that van Gaal must leave if the club are to move forward.

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