By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Having secured qualification during the previous match day, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson omitted first team regulars like Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie from the squad that travelled to Turkey, fielding several Red Devils youngsters in the starting 11 instead.
The fixture also marked the return of Jones, who spent much of the campaign so far recovering from knee surgery. Prior to the game, Ferguson expressed confidence in the Englishman's abilities despite his injury lay-off, and Carrick told MUTV that Jones proved the manager correct by putting in a commendable performance alongside him in central defence.
"He's been off for a while and it's not easy to come back in a game like that - especially with me playing alongside him!" Carrick stated.
"He's not got someone like Rio [Ferdinand], Jonny [Evans] or Vida [Nemanja Vidic] next to him so he did ever so well and helped me out a few times."
Despite the efforts of Carrick and Jones, United were consigned to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the home side after Burak Yilmaz headed the ball into Anders Lindegaard's net from a corner kick.
The custodian was bitterly disappointed to be on the losing side for two games in a row and he urged the Red Devils to resume winning ways against their upcoming Premier League opponents Queens Park Rangers.
"We've lost two games in a row, I played two games in a row and we've lost two games in a row. It's very hard to find smiles about anything or a positive side," Lindegaard shared.
"We have an important game on Saturday against QPR and need to get back on track."
The league game between Manchester United and QPR takes place at Old Trafford on Saturday.