Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick offered no excuses for the disappointing draw against FC Basel last night.

The Red Devils lost a two-goal lead to find themselves 3-2 behind at Old Trafford, only for Ashley Young to head home a late equaliser.

Dimitar Berbatov missed a chance to win the match in injury-time, but victory would have been harsh on the Swiss champions, who were impressive from start to finish.

"What we expect of ourselves really is to keep going. We believe that if we get a chance, we’ll score," the England international told the official MUFC website.

"Thankfully Ashley Young put it away and we might even have nicked a win in the end when Berba had half a chance. But that was probably asking too much.

"He (Young) has settled in quick and bought into everything about the club and how we approach things. He’s got bags of character, he’s kept going tonight and got his reward."

Sir Alex Ferguson has since criticised his 'careless' players for a performance that was so unlike the current Barclays Premier League champions.


And Carrick echoed the sentiments of his manager, explaining that they simply 'threw it away', and will have to improve to secure qualification from Group C in the Champions League.

"We said at half-time that the game wasn’t over," Carrick continued.

"It was a bit of a shock to find ourselves 3-2 down after being 2-0 up. We’ve no excuses, we threw it away. It’s not like us at all."

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