Man United’s cup defeats this season were painful, admits Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick reveals that Manchester United are still hurting from their FA Cup and Champions League exits this season

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Michael Carrick joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2006 Photo: The Sport Review

Michael Carrick admits that Manchester United are still hurting from their FA Cup and Champions League exits this season.

The Red Devils were beaten by Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16, while their FA Cup hopes were ended by Chelsea at the quarter-final stage.

United are just six points away from winning the Premier League title, but the England international concedes that his side’s cup loses have been painful.

“It hurts because this club should be winning the FA Cup, especially having had such a successful period over the last six, seven or eight years,” Carrick told talkSPORT.

“For a club like this not to win it over that period of time is criminal.

“It hurts the players because not many of us have won it [the FA Cup]. Hopefully, we have still got time to grab it, whether it be next season or after that.

“It does get mentioned [among the players] because we are desperate to win it. It is what I grew up watching.

“The FA Cup was the game of the season when I was younger and such a special day. We have come close, losing to Chelsea in the final, but we want to go better than that.”

Asked about United’s Champions League hopes for next season, Carrick added: “We managed to get to three finals in four years, which shows we are doing something right.

“Hopefully, it can be next year. We felt we had a good chance this year and it didn’t work for us, for obvious reasons, but we’ll go again next year.”

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