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Saturday 10 December 2016

Carrick: We'll come back stronger

Manchester United’s Michael Carrick, pictured in action against Arsenal’s Theo Walcott last Sunday.
Manchester United’s Michael Carrick, pictured in action against Arsenal’s Theo Walcott last Sunday.

Michael Carrick has vowed that United will repair the damage of their Arsenal devastation and come back stronger after the international break.

The midfielder has joined up with the England squad for the two dead rubber Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania battered, bruised but not down and out after the 3-0 thrashing at the Emirates.

Carrick and Co are ready for the flak following the mauling but will learn from the bitter lesson dished out by Arsene Wenger's side.

"It just wasn't good enough from us," said the 34-year-ol. "We are bitterly disappointed and will probably beat ourselves up about it over the next few weeks, but we'll come back looking at the bigger picture.

"It's a setback, but we're still up there and just need to take this one on the chin, take whatever criticism comes our way and come back stronger.

"It was certainly a bad day. But as players and coaching staff we'll analyse it and come back better. 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."

United's last Premier League defeat came at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea in September when they were beaten 2-1 that came prior to the last international break.

But the Reds hit back with a run of three consecutive league wins against Liverpool, Southampton and Sunderland.

Refresh

"We want to bounce back and we are going to have to wait a while to do that. The last international break came after the Swansea game, so we've just got to go away, refresh and come back stronger again."

United were criticised by manager Louis van Gaal for their lack of aggression and having now will to win in the opening 20 minutes when Arsenal over ran the Reds and scored their three goals. "We just didn't start well enough, or quick enough, and conceded goals," added Carrick.

"We just gave them a bit too much space and they played well and it came off for them.

"We did too many things wrong; you could go on forever talking about why things didn't work, but we just didn't start well enough, conceded the goals and gave ourselves too much to do."In the second half we came out believing that we could get one goal and that get ourselves back in the game.

"We came out and were better, but we didn't score and the longer it went, it was pretty much game over."

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