Michael Carrick has urged Manchester United to move on after a frustrating 1-0 loss to Southampton on Sunday. The midfielder stated that losing the game was “a big disappointment” as United’s 10 match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end.
United’s failure to create clear cut chances proved vital to the final result, failing to manage even a single shot on target as Southampton leapfrogged them to take the third spot in the table.
“It was a big disappointment,” Carrick told MUTV after the game. “It was a blow to lose that game I think in the way it panned out. Not that we created a load of chances, but at the same time there was nothing in the game for them and we looked comfortable.
“We looked the one team that was looking to score a goal. To concede like we did – out of nowhere pretty much – and to lose the game was hugely disappointing. With where they are in the league, with them being in the same situation as us – wanting to push on and be closer to the top – it was a big day for us and we have let one slip.”
Even as Chelsea and Manchester City show no signs of slipping up, Carrick believes that Louis van Gaal’s men could still challenge for the title and are looking to bounce back against QPR next week.
“For us, it is just about looking at ourselves and getting back to some sort of run and some sort of form that breeds momentum again, so that we are looking upwards and looking ahead again. You don’t want to be battling for third or fourth place, we want to be up there, right at the top and that is the challenge that we have got to set ourselves.”
“You have to start again. I think regardless of the result, you have to start again from week to week. It is not going to knock us too much because we will learn from the mistakes. We are certainly disappointed but we will look to bounce back next week.”
The loss on Sunday has left the Old Trafford club 12 points off league leaders Chelsea, who regained their form after the surprise defeat to their London rivals Tottenham and United have a mountain to climb before even coming close to a title challenge.