Michael Carrick explains dropping Cristiano Ronaldo vs Chelsea

Cristiano Ronaldo has been named on the bench versus Chelsea.

Manchester United caretaker boss Michael Carrick has decided to drop United’s biggest name for today’s trip to Stamford Bridge.

It’s a brave call from Carrick but what has he to lose, really? Of course he will want three points for United in a bid to get our domestic season on track.

Carrick made a number of changes to his starting line-up today, with Bruno Fernandes returning to the team after being benched in the midweek win over Villarreal, and it looks like he is packing the midfield and gunning for pace up front.

On dropping Ronaldo, Shamoon Hafez quoted Carrick before the match:

“A few tweaks and changes to freshen things up,” Carrick said. “Anthony and Donny (benched) too and Cristiano Ronaldo is your standout name. I have had a good chat with Cristiano and he was great.”

It’s obviously a big bonus to have a player like Ronaldo on the bench and I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw him rotated more between now and the end of the season.

Hopefully he can still have an impact on the game.

Let us know in the comments section if you think this is a good decision? We’ll know at full-time.

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  1. Caretaker indeed has nothing to lose, Cristiano Ronaldo at his age is thirsty to carry Manchester United at his back and he’s able. How can Carrick bench a player who better than him 100 times even in his second life combined. His decision gave Chelsea fraternity a huge relief.

  2. I totally agree with what Harry Redknap said. It is foolish to bring in an interim manager replacing another interim to create an opportunity for selecting a final one. It can’t make any sensible way for United’s cause in this season. Already Carrick is fighting in an English grit and skill, brought in results nobody thought possible almost. I will go for Carrick as it maintains hierarchy and will achieve steady state, my firm belief.

  3. I disagree with Carrick, you can’t bench Ronaldo in the game like this particular one when your at 10th position.

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