United vice-captain Michael Carrick has assured fans that the team will come back stronger following the three-nil thumping from Arsenal.
Carrick is a member of the England squad that face Lithuania and Estonia over the next two weeks, before a return to the Premier League to face Everton.
Louis van Gaal’s side were taught a lesson at The Emirates, finding themselves 3-0 down inside 20 mins, before the game petered out and ended with the same scoreline.
“It just wasn’t good enough from us,” said Carrick.
“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.
United were in pole position in the Premier League, but now sit third behind Arsenal and local rivals Manchester City.
“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.”