Michael Carrick was left fuming after Manchester United let a 2-1 lead against Fulham slip late on at Old Trafford yesterday, according to the Metro.

The paper, citing MUTV, claims that the England international has accused his team of having a ‘mental softness’ after Darren Bent’s late equaliser for the Cottagers left them nine points adrift of 4th placed Liverpool.

The reigning Premier League champions delivered a record 81 crosses during yesterday’s encounter, but it wasn’t enough to relieve the growing pressure on manager David Moyes. And Carrick, whose deflected effort was enough to give United the lead after an incredible frustrating first-half, bemoaned the lack of strength his side have shown of late.

“Letting it slip like that is criminal,” Carrick said.

“It’s a tough one to take, it’s hard to explain how we’ve only come away with a point. It was an incredible game, so one-sided.”

In what has been a truly torrid season for Moyes so far, United have only managed to accumulate 41 points from 25 games and with their next four games all being played away from home, there’s little cause for optimism.

The Red Devils’ next game, against Arsenal at the Emirates, is one that could easily put paid to their already slim hopes of achieving Champions League qualification through a top four finish.

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