The Englishman was fighting a losing battle in the middle of the park.
Going into the tie many expected United to win, based mainly on the fact Arsenal had just faltered in the Champions League.
But they were completely outplayed in the opening 20 minutes by an Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil inspired Arsenal.
There was certainly a long list of poor United performances today. New signings Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian were hauled off at half-time after terrible showings. Ashley Young was atrocious at left-back whilst Wayne Rooney was nowhere to be seen.
But Michael Carrick really had a bad day at the office.
The England international is not the quickest of players but the pace in this Arsenal side had him massively exposed throughout the game.
It disrupted his pattern and the pendulum just didn’t swing for him today.
Most Manchester United fans could not believe that the player started the game, with the more mobile Morgan Schneiderlin expected to feature.
But Carrick played and it was certainly not one of his best.
Here is some of the reaction from Twitter…
@Wicknes007 To start off, Carrick had one of the worst games of his career and Darmian was our worst player in the first half.— Chris Smalling (@RedFlag_MUFC) October 4, 2015
Well well well, what do we have here, a loss. A big one. Schweinsteiger was tireless. Carrick needs new set of legs I guess. Still United!!!— P A T Y (@Paty_MUFC) October 4, 2015
What's the point in Schneiderlin sitting on the bench? Carrick isn't doing good at all. Get him on! #MUFC— United Peoples TV (@UnitedPeoplesTV) October 4, 2015
Carrick has no legs.... He doesn't move— Keston Paul (@lashaun_MUFC) October 4, 2015
Was not happy with the pair of Basti and Carrick. Morgan had to start. #MUFC— UTDWAY1 (@UTDWAY1) October 4, 2015
Think Carrick still looks hesitant & slow this year but to overly slate him & Schweinsteiger today is crazy. Morgan in too & v v diff. #MUFC— Gary (@TheBoyRed7) October 4, 2015