Carrick predicts United backlash

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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick insists the players are ready to bounce-back from their midweek defeat to Newcastle.

The 3-0 loss at The Sports Direct Arena followed the Red Devils shock 3-2 upset against Blackburn Rovers, and has left many outside the club to question Sir Alex Ferguson's side's title credentials.

However, England international midfielder Carrick insists their is no self-pity within the United camp, and that his teammates are ready to respond instantly - starting against Manchester City in the FA Cup.

"The reaction outside is as though the whole world has caved in. But since I've been here we have had worse times than this," said Carrick ahead of the trip to the Etihad Stadium.

"It hurts. One defeat is bad enough. Two in a row is not really what we are about. We are disappointed and we are feeling it. But we are not feeling sorry for ourselves.

"We tend to overcome setbacks pretty well. Hopefully we can do the same again this time."

The 30-year-old was forced to admit his side were outplayed on Tyneside in midweek, a rare occurrence for the English champions.

But, with a Manchester derby in the FA Cup and then league clashes against Bolton, Arsenal, Stoke and Chelsea, the squad will quickly have their chance to put things right.

"We don't like losing. And losing 3-0 is not something that should happen. But we have to take it on the chin," he added.

"There is no way around it. We have to look ahead. We can't change what has happened in the last week."

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