Carrick was brought on at half-time by Louis van Gaal but the veteran’s awful clearance eventually led to Roberto Firmino giving Liverpool an imposing two-goal aggregate lead ahead of the second leg at Old Trafford next week.
Man United fans weren’t happy with Carrick following the error:
United getting punished for not singing any centre-backs…embarrassing defending, but what do you expecting playing Carrick CB? #MUFC
— Toby Dobson (@Tobiias) March 10, 2016
Has Carrick ever played centre back for >60 mins in a game without making an error which leads to a goal?
— Paul (@NQATPaul) March 10, 2016
Oh my God, what on earth is that defending from Michael Carrick?! Nope. I'm done. How does he still have the respect of others? Unreal.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) March 10, 2016
When did Carrick sign for liverpool?
— NepentheZ (@NepentheZ) March 10, 2016
Quick question, what kind of clearance was that by Carrick? 😂
— Snoop Frog 🐸 (@LADryanLAD) March 10, 2016
Carrick – you've been a good player, but your time is up #MUFC
— Ҝ乇ㄥ山ㄚ几 (@KelwynLooi) March 10, 2016
So depressing to see Carrick in this state.
— CS22 (@CS22___) March 10, 2016
Time and time again, Carrick is abysmal.
— Brandon (@Brvndonlee96) March 10, 2016
Aside from David de Gea, who kept United in the tie with a series of excellent saves, every single one of the players let themselves down at Anfield.
There was no fight, no desire and no urgency on what is one of the biggest fixtures of the year for supporters.
Van Gaal’s substitutions, too, were awful. Keeping Marouane Fellaini on, while adding three central midfielders in Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ander Herrera? Bizarre. It’s hard to imagine United progressing to the next round of the competition.