Michael Carrick Explains Why He Benched Cristiano Ronaldo During Chelsea Clash

Michael Carrick Explains Why He Benched Cristiano Ronaldo During Chelsea Clash

  • Cristiano Ronaldo started from the bench as Man United forced Chelsea to a 1-1 draw
  • Michael Carrick made four changes from the side that defeated Villarreal during the London trip
  • Anthony Martial and Van de Beek are the other players who were dropped to the bench

Man United caretaker boss Michael Carrick made some surprising changes to his team during the Red Devils' trip to Stamford Bridge.

Cristiano Ronaldo takes instructions from Michael Carrick as he prepares to come on as a substitute during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo started from the bench as Man United forced Chelsea to a 1-1 draw. Photo by Clive Rose.
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Carrick left everyone stunned as he opted to bench Cristiano Ronaldo, drafting Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho to lead the line instead.

The former midfielder-turn coach was expected to retain the same side that beat Villarreal 2-0 earlier in the week in the Champions League.

However, Carrick made four changes to the team, with Ronaldo among the casualties who suffered the manager's ruthless decision.

Rashford came in for the five-time Ballon d'Or winner, with Bruno Fernandes returning to the starting XI to replace Anthony Martial.

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Donny van de Beek was also dropped this time, with Nemanja Matic, Fred, and Scott McTominay all starting.

But when asked about the move, Carrick explained he decided to drop Ronaldo to "freshen things up."

"A few tweaks and changes to freshen things up. Anthony [Martial] and Donny [van de Beek] too and Cristiano Ronaldo is your standout name [to be on the bench]," Carrick explained.
"It is a decision to pick a team, we don’t need any more drama than that. Everyone who has come out of the team has been terrific around the place – including Cristiano – and have been supporting the boys," he added.

This was the second time Ronaldo had been benched since his return to Old Trafford in the summer, the first being against Everton during Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tenure.

The Portuguese talisman has scored a mouthwatering 15 goals in just 19 matches across competitions this season.

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EPL standings

Earlier, TUKO.co.ke reported match week 13 had some exciting results as Chelsea dropped points vs Man United at Stamford Bridge.

The draw saw the Blues fail to consolidate their four-point advantage on the summit of the standings.

Despite Liverpool leapfrogging Man City to second-place, Pep Guardiola's men managed to regain the spot after stunning West Ham.

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