Marcus Rashford's two goals at the weekend were met by delight by Manchester United fans but questions from elsewhere about why he wasn't getting as much football as they hoped but a stat proves that those questions were pretty unfounded.
Manchester United may enjoy home ground advantage in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Sevilla today but manager Jose Mourinho admitted yesterday that the tie is evenly balanced.
"This was Mourinho football at its finest and while I wouldn't want my team playing like that, it produces results and often sees his team winning trophies at the end of the season", added Aldridge.
Their against-the-odds win at Old Trafford against Liverpool on Saturday shows just how low the expectations of the side have fallen in recent times.
Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Ander Herrera were also missing but Anthony Martial and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were in attendance.
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and teammates during training.
Marcus Rashford scored United's goals before Liverpool pulled one back with an Eric Bailly own goal.
While Carrick insists that the final decision on his involvement post retirement has not yet been taken, he revealed that it will probably be heading in that direction.
Paul Pogba has overcome the injury that ruled him out of Manchester United's weekend win over Liverpool and is in the squad to face Sevilla on Tuesday. We have a game on Tuesday and I can imagine, if we lose against Sevilla, everybody will forget what we did in the past couple of weeks. "But we will try".
"I have to be honest and give the credit to the people of the academy that was responsible for his formation, to Louis van Gaal [Mourinho's predecessor] who was responsible for his first season". He was carrying a knock into the first leg against United, and his influence dropped off appreciably during the final 25 minutes or so, but he will arrive fresher for the second leg after starting Saturday's defeat to Valencia on the bench.
All is to play for in the round of 16 tie following United's goalless draw in Spain. Now, I have only one name in my mind.
He discovered that Rashford has actually featured more than any other player since Mourinho took over.
That goal hinted at the talent of a player for whom this campaign was expected to be a breakout one. No, of course not.
Youngster Scott McTominay's recent run of good form and solid performances has earned the Manchester United midfielder a first worldwide call up for Scotland and club boss Jose Mourinho has put his rapid rise down to the young lad's humility and readiness to listen, learn and work very hard.
I'm actually going a step further and backing Arsenal to win by three or more goals against this bog-standard Milan side.