Micheal Carrick insists Manchester United failed to remain clinical in front of goal in their 1-1 draw with Anderlecht in the Europa League quarter-final on Thursday night.
Jose Mourinho’s men dominated the game throughout but were let down once again as they failed to kill off Anderlecht by finishing their chances and pulling ahead with the lead they deserved.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan found the opening goal of the game, but was equalised by Dendoncker, who met Ivan Obradovic’s cross with a bullet header just five minutes from full time.
Speaking after the game, Carrick was far from impressed with the performance of his team-mates.
“Yeah it’s frustrating, we were so in control in the first half and then we got sloppy really. We should have won comfortably,” he said.
“We need to be more ruthless, it was too comfortable. We didn’t create opportunities we should have as we were sloppy.
“When we come away and look at the result it isn’t the end of the world but we’re better than that.
“We dominated and there was an awful lot of good things but we have to find that difference, it’s frustrating at the moment.”
It’s the story of our season this campaign, although we had players like Carrick who had 95.6% pass accuracy with 109 of his passes out of 114 completed, we still weren’t able to close out the game.
We just haven’t remained ruthless in front of goal and it’s happened time after time this season as United have lacked the ability to close out games.