Michael Carrick has his sights firmly on reaching the Capital One Cup final with Manchester United, despite trailing 2-1 to Sunderland from the first-leg.

United have suffered a difficult start to David Moyes’ managerial reign and suffered another defeat at the weekend as they went down to top-flight rivals Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.

But Carrick insists Sunday’s result is in the past and all the focus has switched to ensuring United are in the final at Wembley in March by beating Sunderland at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

He told Manchester Evening News: “We want to play as quickly as possible after Sunday and tomorrow is another big game. It is a big game for us.

“It is an opportunity to get to a final. You can’t take that lightly. We will get over this, dust ourselves down and be ready again for the semi.

“It’s something we’re looking forward to now. Regardless of Sunday’s result it’s a game on its own and it’s a chance to get to the final.”

And Carrick also thanked the United supporters for sticking with the side through a difficult period and believes sticking together will improve the side’s fortunes sooner rather than later.

“The fans have been unbelievable over the last month or so especially,” he added.

“Times have been difficult. Performances have not been that bad actually but results have been pretty awful for us to take.

“We have a lot to thank them for. It does make it a lot easier. If we all stick together I am sure it will turn soon.”

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