Carrick apologises to Man Utd fans
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal claimed an injury curse is at the root of his side’s woes this season, but his midfielder Michael Carrick has rejected that theory.
In comments that may be viewed as a direct repost towards his under-fire boss, Carrick stressed that an injury list that includes Wayne Rooney, Luke Shaw and a host of star names does not justify United's woeful form this season.
Van Gaal claimed 'Murphy's Law' was afflicting his side after David De Gea joined his ranks of injured players, but the club's supporters were merely infuriated by that excuse.
Their 2-1 defeat against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday was a low point in Van Gaal's increasingly disastrous spell as United boss, but Carrick is not looking to put a smoke screen over their problems.
"I don't think you can use injuries as an excuse," said Carrick. "It is something that is not ideal and sure, we want everyone fit, but I can't make any excuses."
Carrick also suggested his team-mates needs to get the club's supporters back on side, starting with an improved performance in Monday's FA Cup fifth round clash against Shrewsbury.
"Monday is a different game but we do need to be so much better than we were on Thursday," he added.
"We know what Monday is going to be – it has been shown many times. It's going to be a tough game. And (the Midtjylland match) has shown that if you are not anywhere near your best then you can slip up, so we need to be ready for that.
"If we are at our best then we should win the game, but it is not as easy as that – as Thursday night has shown.
"We're bitterly disappointed, frustrated and angry at the performance, but over the next few days we will get ourselves ready for the games coming up.
"We have to pick ourselves up and go again – there is no other way.
"The fans have been incredible. We haven't given them an awful lot to shout about in the last two or three years but they have stuck by us, supported us incredibly well.
"I can only really apologise for losing a game like that (on Thursday) and not rewarding them for their support.
"Hopefully we can get back to doing that, starting on Monday."