Jose Mourinho described Michael Carrick’s performance as “fine” despite the midfielder impressing against Northampton.
Carrick made his first appearance of the season since the Community Shield on Wednesday, scoring in an EFL Cup victory over League One side Northampton.
His sumptuous opener was cancelled out by an Alex Revell penalty, before Ander Herrera and Marcus Rashford both struck in the second half to inspire a 3-1 victory.
The midfielder impressed at Sixfields Stadium, and is thought to have strengthened his claim for a chance in the first team.
United host Leicester at Old Trafford on Saturday hoping to avoid a third consecutive Premier League defeat, but Mourinho was coy on the performance of the 35-year-old.
“I don’t like to individualise too much,” Mourinho said when asked about Carrick. “I think he was fine. I think the midfield worked really well and were in control of the game.
“Later I changed (Morgan) Schneiderlin to Marouane (Fellaini) to try to control what I knew was going to happen with our opponent losing 2-1, which was (they would) start putting long balls into the box and waiting for set-pieces, but I think collectively the team was fine.”