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.