The controversial defeat at Stamford Bridge will have been hard to take for the league-leaders but they know that they can't afford to slip up at Anfield with Arsenal now only four points behind them with a game in hand.
While the defeat is still a fresh wound for Carrick and his colleagues, the midfielder says it will heal in time for Sunday's clash with Liverpool.
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'At the moment we feel pretty down, but we can move on quickly. We have to,' the midfielder told MUTV.
'We're used to doing that and we're normally good at that, so hopefully we can bounce back again.
'We have to get rid of this game, forget about it and move on. It's obviously a huge game on Sunday and we'll be ready for that. We have to be.
'That's the nature of the beast. We move on and we take a lot of positives from tonight and look to put things right that didn't go well. We'll be ready.'
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United felt aggrieved that David Luiz was not sent off for a second bookable offence after tripping Wayne Rooney and Sir Alex Ferguson believes that the penalty that led to the winner was 'soft.'
Carrick admitted: 'It is disappointing, especially after the first half and the way we played.'
'We were in control. Second half we weren't as quick and decisive in our passing as we were in the first half, but we still felt quite comfortable and I still thought we might score again.'
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