"It's as much relief as anything. We put so much pressure on ourselves to achieve big things.
"We were so desperate to get to the final and win it. We knew it was going to be tough but we've made it."
Carrick reserved special praise for the evergreen Scholes, whose outstanding goal proved to be the decisive moment in the tie.
"It was an awesome strike," he said. "I've seen him do it many times in training. I've watched him do it a few times here as well. I think that has to be up there with one of his best, especially in a game of this magnitude.
"To cap off a night like this with a goal of that quality was brilliant."