Michael Carrick: Why I’m really happy for Man United midfielder

The Manchester United midfielder hails Paul Pogba's goal after their 2-1 loss at Hull City

Michael Carrick singled out Paul Pogba’s goal as a positive for Manchester United after the Red Devils reached the EFL Cup final on Thursday night despite a 2-1 loss at Hull City.

The France international scored a second-half equaliser at the KCOM Stadium after Jose Mourinho brought on the world-record signing at half-time with Manchester United trailing 1-0 following Tom Huddlestone’s opener from the penalty spot.

Pogba finished from close range after the former Tottenham midfielder inadvertently teed up the ex-Juventus star to slot a finish past Hull goalkeeper David Marshall midway through the second half.

Oumar Niasse netted a late winner but Manchester United edged through on aggregate to set up a final meeting with Southampton in the EFL Cup showpiece at Wembley next month.

The France star has now scored seven times in all competitions since this season as the midfielder continues to grow into his Manchester United career after a slow start.

Speaking to Sky Sports on Thursday night, Carrick heaped praise on Pogba:

“I’m pleased for Paul to score,” Carrick said.

“It was important we did score tonight, especially the way the game was going. It was a good finish from Paul, some good work down the left [from Marcus Rashford] and a good finish that put us in a good position.”

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