Michael Carrick was left “bitterly disappointed” by Manchester United’s shock 2-1 loss away to Bournemouth on Saturday.
The midfielder started the game alongside Marouane Fellaini in a holding role but struggled to assert his dominance on the game as the Reds made it five games in a row without a win. The loss means Man United lost more ground on those ahead of them in the Premier League table as they struggle to get their season back on track.
Carrick was captain for the day in the absence of Wayne Rooney and was left frustrated with United’s second loss in five days. It is clear the side are struggling and the Englishman was making no excuses.
“We wanted to bounce back today. We have left ourselves short again, the set-pieces have killed us. We had chances and they had chances but it is about the result and we haven’t got the result, so it’s the end to a very disappointing week.” Carrick told MUTV.
United were missing eight first team players through injury at kick-off and Jesse Lingard unfortunately added his name to the injury list, limping off with an apparent hamstring problem in the first half. However, Carrick refused to blame the depleted squad for the result.
He added: “I could say excuses but you get injuries and you have to deal with them. That is why we have got the squad and that is why we are the club we are because, through the season, you are going to get injuries and that is part and parcel of it.
“It is not easy to do but you have still got to go out there, perform and win matches. We have got to get back to doing that as quickly as possible.”
United now have to turn their attention to the visit of Norwich City next week as they return to Old Trafford looking to get back to winning ways. Louis van Gaal knows the pressure is firmly on him and his players to deliver and a big win against the Canaries would go a long way to relieving some of the pressing concerns.