Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson says Michael Carrick accepted blame for Southampton's early opener in last night's 2-1 win.

Carrick's weak back-pass was compounded by David de Gea's failure to block, allowing Jay Rodriguez to give the Saints a second-minute lead.

It didn't prove too costly as Wayne Rooney's double put United ahead before the break.

"Michael's pass-back was a bit soft and Michael held his hand up - its great to see that, honest players like Michael saying 'Sorry boss, sorry lads'. It's great," said Ferguson.