Carrick explains what was said in LVG, Rooney meeting

Date published: Friday 3rd March 2017 3:55

Michael Carrick says that he and Wayne Rooney held a meeting with Louis van Gaal because “everyone wanted to be better”.

Back in September 2015, had started the season in less than impressive form under then manager Van Gaal.

United had won both their opening matches in the Premier League, but the 1-0 victories over Tottenham and Aston Villa were earned in underwhelming fashion.

A goalless draw with Newcastle and defeat to Swansea followed, leading senior players Carrick and Rooney to request a discussion with the manager.

Speaking on Thursday, Carrick explained that he and Rooney felt that they had to “do something about” their form.

“We just spoke to him as the senior players, to have a conversation to say that everyone wanted to be better,” he told ESPN.

“We weren’t having a great time in terms of results and it happens to a lot of teams, but you just have to do something about it.

“It was a fair conversation, nobody went in there fighting or anything, and it wasn’t really a big deal. It probably sounded like a big deal, but it happens all the time at clubs all over the country.

“Sometimes a manager will pull you aside in training or in his office, but it just so happened that me and Wayne went to chat to him. It got built up to quite a big thing, but that’s just the way it is.”

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