Michael Carrick believes Manchester United players showed character in their 2-0 Champions League win over Villareal. Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho scored late goals to ensure that they topped their group. Villareal was the better team until substitutes Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford changed the complexion of the game. Carrick had less than 48 hours to prepare for the game following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He raised a number of eyebrows when he started Donny van de Beek ahead of Bruno Fernandes.
“The result obviously is a major plus from the run we’ve gone on – we can’t hide that,” Manchester United caretaker manager Michael Carrick said. “To get that feeling of winning a football match for the players is huge, and to keep a clean sheet, David (de Gea) was important again so all round there’s a lot of positives to take. The biggest [positive] I’ll take is how everyone adapted, the reaction, and how they pulled together.”
“The game panned out as I thought,” Carrick said. “When you’ve had the results we’ve had and gone through what we’ve gone through in the last few days, you’d be foolish to think you can come here, pick a team and it will be free-flowing football. They’re a good team, they make you work for it, they keep the ball off you and make you defend as well. We were well aware of that, we had the feeling it would be a tight game. It’s important who starts the game but it’s also important who finishes it and how you finish it.”
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