Manchester United should probably avoid sending Michael Carrick out to conduct post-match interviews after a bad defeat - he tends to make fans feel even more depressed.
The 34-year-old was lost for words after United’s pathetic 2-1 defeat to Midtjylland on Thursday night and looked as if he could have burst into tears at any moment.
One can only imagine what it must have been like inside the United dressing room after the final whistle.
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“Its just not good enough, you know, it's not acceptable,” Carrick told BT Sport, per the Daily Mail. “The performance and the result are just not good enough... it’s got to be a lot better.
“I think we caused a lot of our own problems. We scored a good goal and then it's just not good enough, we haven't played well enough, we didn't really kick on.
“They were there for us to win the game, we should have won that. With a performance and a result like that we're going home very disappointed.”
After being reminded that the tie is not over just yet, Carrick added: “That's the only positive, we've got another chance to put it right and to go through.
“Of course it’s not going to be easy but playing at home we still fancy our chances. Obviously we've given ourselves a tougher job than we had hoped.
“Of course, we've got to give everything we can - we want to stay in this and go further in this competition and get some sort of belief and momentum back... get back to winning games.”
Carrick also conducted the post-Olympiakos interview
Manchester United fans will remember that Carrick was also the player who conducted a depressing post-match interview after the Red Devils were beaten 2-0 by Olympiakos in the Champions League under David Moyes back in February 2014.
And Roy Keane hated it...
Roy Keane, a true United great who led by example on the pitch, was thoroughly unimpressed with the midfielder’s post-match reaction and let it be known in no uncertain terms.
"That interview was just like the performance: flat. He should say a bit more, have a bit more urgency even in his interview," Keane was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. "That just reflected United's performance tonight: flat, with no urgency.
"They keep saying, 'Ah, well, next game, next game'. For some of them there won't be another game for them. That's the reality."
New low for Manchester United
Manchester United have now sunk to even lower depths: a 2-1 defeat to a Danish team that hasn’t played a competitive match since December.
A team that had won just one of its previous eight matches.
A team that Napoli scored nine goals against over two matches earlier this season.
A team that was formed just three months before Manchester United won a historic treble in 1999.
This was a new low for Manchester United Football Club and how Louis van Gaal is still in a job is, quite frankly, mystifying.
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