Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has admitted that he would happily walk away from Stamford Bridge with a 1-0 victory in their FA Cup replay against Chelsea.

Chelsea came from two goals behind to draw 2-2 at Old Trafford on Sunday to set up the replay.

It has been somewhat of a goal fest whenever Manchester United and Chelsea meet, with an astonishing 28 goals in just five games, including a 3-2 victory for United in the league and a 5-4 revenge victory for Chelsea in the Capital One Cup.

However, England International Carrick would settle for a less exciting game, if it meant that United would progress.

He said: "There have been quite a few goals in the games between us recently, I am not quite sure why.

"It is exciting to watch. It is not so exciting to play in. I would take 1-0 all day."

Carrick also insisted that United players are not using the harsh Champions League exit at the hands of real Madrid last week as an excuse for them fading in the second half of the game allowing Chelsea back into the game.

He added: "It has been a tough week but that is not an excuse.

"We are used to playing big games at this stage of the season. We want to be playing more because it would mean we had got through.

"We got off to a good start but we just couldn't see it out."

Carrick also praised goalkeeper David de Gea, a man that has divided opinion at Old Trafford because of his up and down form, for keeping United in the game with a superb late save to deny Juan Mata a sure fire winner.

"That save at the end was massive, without that we could have been out.

"They are the saves that keepers need to make but fair play to David. He didn't have an awful lot to do in general play but it was a terrific effort.

"As a goalkeeper you can't let these things (criticism) get to you. If you make a mistake people are all over you. That is just how it is.

"You have to take the rough with the smooth. He is well aware of that."

Manchester City await the winner of this tie in the semi-finals.


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