Michael Carrick ‘enjoyed’ Man United return despite derby loss

The Manchester United midfielder made his return from an ankle injury at The Etihad

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Michael Carrick says he enjoyed his return to competitive action despite Manchester United’s 1-0 loss at The Etihad.

The 33-year-old was a first-half substitute as he partnered Paddy McNair in defence following Chris Smalling’s dismissal.

I enjoyed it, it was nice to be back and I have certainly missed it

Michael Carrick

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero ended the Red Devils’s resistance with a close-range finish in the second half.

But Carrick was still thrilled to make his return from an ankle problem after missing the opening nine league games.

“It was my first game back in six months, since the end of last season, so it was a bit of test for me to come on at centre-half,” Carrick said.

“I enjoyed it, it was nice to be back and I have certainly missed it, being out for so long. We will see who is fit and who we can patch up for next week.”

Carrick added that he felt United’s makeshift centre-half pairing did ok against the Premier League champions.

“I thought we dealt with it okay actually, with me playing at centre-half,” added Carrick. “It was a bit of a test in the second half but we dealt with it okay. As I said, the longer it went on, we thought we might have nicked it.”

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