Michael Carrick never considered passing up the chance of a rare goal at Old Trafford in the 1-0 Champions League win over Galatasary on Wednesday night.

The Manchester United midfielder's seeventh-minute effort proved decisive, yet in converting it, Carrick was not just scoring his first European goal for three years, he was also allowing Fernando Muslera to escape without sanction for a definite red card offence as the goalkeeper tripped the midfielder as Carrick stepped inside onto Shinji Kagawa's pass.

Had he not managed to score anyway, referee Wolfgang Stark would have had little alternative but to dismiss the Uruguayan in addition to awarding the hosts a penalty. But Carrick said: "I didn't go down because the way we are taking penalties we might not have scored!"

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