Manchester United's current caretaker coach, Michael Carrick has opened up on the decision to start footballing superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench during their 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, - stating that Ralf Rangnick had no say in the decision.
Rangnick is set to take over at Old Trafford on an interim basis this week, with a consultancy role to follow from June 2022, but Carrick insisted that the German had no say in his team selection against Chelsea.
Many were surprised when it emerged that Ronaldo would not start in their big game against Chelsea, with Carrick quick to play down Gary Neville's suggestion that the idea to leave the Portugal icon out of the starting XI came from United’s incoming manager.
“That’s not the case, no. We came here with a plan. I kind of knew how Chelsea would play and we wanted to stop the passes through to Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. There were a few changes to freshen it up and it’s what we decided to go with today. We almost pulled it off," he said post the game.
Ronaldo eventually came off the bench, but he could not influence proceedings on the night, while the result was a good one for the Red Devils considering that Chelsea have been in brilliant form this season.
The draw on the night meant that United remain placed eighth in the Premier League table with 18 points from 13 games, while Chelsea stay at the top of the table with 30 points to their name.