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12/02/2014 23:22, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Carrick backs midfield

Michael Carrick defended his midfield colleagues and explained why their togetherness was central to Manchester United's creditable point at Arsenal.

Carrick's area of the team has drawn criticism in recent weeks following a spate of disappointing results in 2014, culminating in last Sunday’s 2-2 home draw with Fulham.

The Reds travelled to the Emirates Stadium hoping to bounce back from the weekend's woes and while a victory proved elusive, David Moyes’ men produced a solid team display that almost completed a double over Arsene Wenger’s Gunners. 

Speaking to MUTV after the final whistle, Carrick praised his team-mates and explained why they are unperturbed by their critics. “We get stick all the time anyway but we're used to it. I thought we did a good job - not just us in midfield but as a unit, really. 

“From the front, Robin [van Persie] and Wayne [Rooney] took up good positions and helped us out, while we helped the defenders out from midfield. We limited their space around the box and they didn't create many chances. 

"You could see towards the end their fans were getting frustrated and that's when I thought that maybe we might nick a goal and make it a fantastic night."

Expanding on a similar point, Carrick continued: “We are happy enough, but with the couple of opportunities that we had, I feel that we might have left with a goal. But credit to the goalkeeper, he made a couple of good saves from Robin. 

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