Manchester United caretaker Michael Carrick has explained why he decided to bench Cristiano Ronaldo for their crucial encounter against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
The Portuguese superstar was named amongUnited
's substitutes at Stamford Bridge as Carrick preferredMarcus Rashford
as his attackers withBruno Fernandes
operating as a false 9.
, working as United's interim coach after
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
's departure, explained his selection decision.
"A few tweaks and changes from the other night, to change things up a bit.”
The former Man Utd midfielder toldSky Sports
"Cristiano is probably our standout name, but it's just gameplan, ideas. I had a good chat with Cristiano actually, he was great, and we've decided to go like that today. Really looking forward to the game.
"It's a decision just to pick a team, to be honest. I don't think it needs more drama than that.
"Everyone is fine, all the boys who have come out of the team have been terrific around the place, Cristiano included, fantastic with the boys, supporting them 100 percent and ready to come on if and when needed.
"We’re happy with the team we’ve picked, for sure. We’ve come here to try and win the game, like we do every single game. "
It is just the second time this season thatRonaldo
has been named on the bench for a Premier League or Champions League match, the first being a 1-1 draw at home against Everton last month.
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