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COVID-19: Carrick reveals why Manchester United players don't like playing behind closed doors

If and when the Premier League restarts after the long COVID-19 break, the games will be played behind closed doors. 

This is one of several measures put in place to ensure that the players, staff and match officials are safe and free of the threat of COVID-19 infection.

The German Bundesliga has already announced a 16 May restart behind closed doors and other leagues are expected to follow soon after with the Premier League eyeing June.  

However, as much as most of the players are willing to return, many of them may not enjoy the experience that much.

Having been used to the noise generated by big crowds and charges atmospheres, the eerie silence is not something the players of Manchester United are looking forward to, according to one of their coaches.

Michael Carrick, who had a successful decade turning out for the Red Devils and is now one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's assistants, revealed on Friday that the players did not enjoy their last experience of playing in an empty stadium. 

In their last match in March before football was suspended across the world, Manchester United defeated Austria's LASK 5-0 behind closed doors.

Despite the win however, Carrick explains why the players did not like playing behind closed doors.

“If you ask the lads they probably didn’t like it much, as they can probably hear me and Ole shouting at them,” Carrick told Manchester United's official website.

Carrick, who retired in 2016 after winning multiple Premier League titles and the Champions League, explained that the players would miss the ‘extra adrenaline and emotion’ which they normally get from supporters in the stands.

He added that the players would miss the unique Old Trafford atmosphere during big games.

In the same interview, Carrick named his preferred six-a-side team made up of his former teammates.

Curiously, he left out a goalkeeper (apologising to David de Gea and Edwin van der Saar) and settled for Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo with Rio playing the dual role of keeper and defender.

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