Man United came into the weekend as Premier League leaders who had won their previous four games in all competitions but they were blown away by the Gunners fast start as they scored three times in the opening 20 minutes.
It was an incredible beginning to the game and United were effectively out of the contest early on due to their lack of awareness during the opening exchanges.
Carrick in particular was outshone in midfield and could barely get on the ball to get United going.
Speaking after the game, Carrick was evidently disappointed. He said: “I am hoping it’s a one-off, as there’s been no sign of that recently. We’ve been pretty good consistently, which is why we’re in the position in the table. We’ve had a decent start to the season.
“We have got plenty of time to put this right and there’s still a long way to go.”
It is encouraging to see Carrick looking at the positives despite the shocking scoreline. United will have to try and draw a line under the defeat to Arsenal and look forward to more important games coming up. Louis van Gaal‘s men have a tough run of fixtures, including trips to play Everton and Crystal Palace as well as hosting Manchester City, all in October.
United will want the international break to go by quickly, as they will want the opportunity to put matters in the Premier League right when they visit Everton in what is now a crucial clash.