United had lost their last game at Arsenal and the absence of Romelu Lukaku through injury meant they lacked presence up front against the intense home side, who sought to cancel out their opponents in midfield while picking them off on the break.
Second-half goals from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota have sent Nuno Espirito Santo's side through to the last four, where they will face Watford, Manchester City, or the winners of Sunday's last quarter-final between Millwall and Brighton.
"It's still against a good team, they've done really well against top teams, don't take anything away from them even though we under-performed, so I don't think that's part of it at all". "We had a couple of balls in behind for Rashford but not enough quality". "We allowed them possession of the ball but tried to recover in the right areas".
"Then we will be ready to push again because we're in a great position in the league, we're in the Champions League".
United have two weeks off for the global break before resuming their push for a top-four finish with a home game against Watford and they also have a Champions League quarter-final with Barcelona to look forward to. Today was the poorest performance we've had.More news: Tiger Woods Cards Quadruple Bogey On No. 17
"Of course I want him to stay, for me to say anything else would be ridiculous", Carrick told the Manchester Evening News at a Michael Carrick Foundation event. But you can't sit down and sulk for too long. To try to achieve the same is much, much harder now but we will try step by step.
"What pleases me more is as I walk down the stands there are people saying that they saw the 50s and 60s and they are still coming to the stadium", he said.
"We've been on a good run now.it's not "squeaky bum time" like the gaffer used to say, but it tightens up. The atmosphere was fantastic".