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Man United defeat to Midtjylland was 'not acceptable' - Michael Carrick

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick says the level of performance in the club's Europa League defeat to FC Midtjylland was "not good enough" and "not acceptable."

United lost 2-1 in Denmark, despite taking the lead through Memphis Depay. Pione Sisto levelled just before half-time, with Midtjylland then dominating after the break and finding a winner in the 77th minute through Paul Onuachu.

Red Devils supporters made their feelings known at the end, with explicit chants of "we're f------ s---" coming from among the approximately 800 fans who had made the trip to the MCH Arena for a game that cost £71 per ticket.

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"It's just not good enough, you know, it's not acceptable," Carrick told BT Sport. "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."

Manager Louis van Gaal blamed Murphy's law for the catalogue of injuries which have robbed him of a host of defenders, captain Wayne Rooney and goalkeeper David De Gea -- who was injured in the warmup.

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Michael Carrick looks a forlorn figure during the loss in Denmark.

The Danish champions make the trip to Old Trafford on Thursday, with United having the cushion of the away goal to build upon.

"That's the only positive, we've got another chance to put it right and to go through," Carrick added.

"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."


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