Manchester United midfielder Carrick admits to relief in wake of West Ham FA Cup draw

Manchester Utd midfielder Michael Carrick was a relieved man following the FA Cup draw with West Ham United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

The Red Devils were on the brink of an exit, after Dimitri Payet’s brilliant free-kick gave the Hammers a 1-0 lead, but Anthony Martial saved United’s blushes by scoring an 83rd-minute equalizer.

The game ended 1-1, and the replay will now be played at Upton Park.

“We’ll take the draw in the end, but we were pressing for a winner and definitely wanted to win the game,” Carrick told BT Sport.

“I always felt we would get back in it but we just couldn’t get a winner.

“Of course there’s relief, it’s a big opportunity. It’s the FA Cup and we all want to go far in this competition. To go 1-0 down in the second half and then be pushing for a winner is positive.

“It was a great free-kick [from Payet] but I thought we showed character to get back into the game and push for a winner – we just couldn’t get it.”

“We were building pressure and probably had more opportunities. The final pass didn’t quite happen for us and we didn’t work the goalkeeper enough.”

“It’s the FA Cup, it was end-to-end at times and there was a lot happening in the box but I thought it
was a good cup tie.”

“With penalty decisions, sometimes you get them and sometimes you don’t, so one goal each way is probably fair I think.”

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