They have already qualified for the Champions League knockout stages but Carrick knows that Europe’s bigger clubs will not be quite so easy to peg back if the trend continues.
"Over the season we have managed to come back but it’s not ideal and you can’t do it all the time," said the England midfielder, who was used as a centre-back in the Ali Sami Yen Stadium.
"We need to make things a lot easier for ourselves by scoring the first goal and play from there.
"It’s not ideal. It’s just a phase we’re going through. The positive is that we have come back and we have scored enough goals, although not on Saturday, so we have got things to improve upon."