Michael Carrick has conceded it was a 'funny time' in the Manchester United dressing room after a 5-5 draw at West Bromwich Albion in Sir Alex Ferguson's final game as manager, and was quick to offer his thanks to a manager who has shaped his career.
Carrick added that it will be tough without the legendary manager, but they are ready to take on a new challenge as a team.
Ferguson announced earlier this month that he is retiring after over 26 years in charge and the game at The Hawthorns was his 1500th as United manager.
He watched the Premier League champions let a 5-2 lead slip as West Brom scored three times in the final 10 minutes as Romelu Lukaku's hat-trick helped to secure a point.
It was a first 5-5 draw in Premier League history and the entertainment on offer was perhaps a fitting send-off Ferguson.
The Scot will be replaced at Old Trafford by David Moyes and Carrick offered his thanks to Ferguson before focusing on a fresh challenge.
“I want to thank him for everything he's done, he's done much more than us,” said Carrick after the match.
“It was a funny time in the dressing room because of the situation.
“It is starting to sink in and we've had a couple of weeks to digest the news.
“We're ready to move on. We've had a busy couple of weeks and there is a new challenge ahead for all of us to look forward to.”