In an ideal world, the Red Devils would not have had to wait so long for
"It was a job well done," said the England midfielder. "We had a lot of possession, so we tried to be patient and hope it would open up for us. We have done it so many times in the past. We always believe we will get a chance. Thankfully we managed to get the penalty and that was enough."
Carrick and his team-mates will all hope the added spin-off will be a return to form for Rooney, who has appeared so ill at ease since he first suffered his ankle injury in March.
Although his timing still seems a bit awry, there were genuine signs of a return to the form that had established the 25-year-old as one of the best players in the world. Certainly, when Swiss referee
"It was typical of Wayne to put himself up there to take the penalty," said Carrick. "It was a great finish to a good night."