Cristiano Ronaldo dropped for Man Utd's Chelsea clash as Michael Carrick makes brutal call

Cristiano Ronaldo has sensationally been dropped by Manchester United caretaker head coach Michael Carrick for the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Chelsea. Carrick is naming the team for what is likely the final time as Ralf Rangnick reportedly prepares to be appointed as interim boss. 

The 36-year-old has instead been named on the bench in a surprise move by Carrick against the top-flight leaders. 

The move is likely to frustrate Ronaldo, who was angered when he was removed from the starting 11 by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of a league match against Everton at the start of the campaign. 

Carrick has insisted that his star player is content with the decision, saying: “Ronaldo is your standout name [to be on the bench]. I had a good chat with Cristiano and he was great.”

There has been a debate over where the legendary forward will fit in under likely interim manager Rangnick, who prefers an energetic, high-pressing style of football. It is widely reported that the former RB Leipzig boss will be appointed. 

Ronaldo has at times been criticised for his inability to press the opposition.

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However, that has been outweighed by his incredible output in front of goal this season. The Portugal captain has saved United countless times this term. 

He scored four times in his first three appearances after completing an incredible return to the Red Devils in August. 

An emotional coming home at Old Trafford included a debut brace against Newcastle. He then struck in proceeding fixtures against Young Boys and West Ham. 

Ronaldo’s 10 goals since his return have also included a last-minute winner against Villarreal in the Champions League, a double in a 2-2 draw against Atalanta and an incredible volley in the 3-0 domestic win over Tottenham.

Sancho has endured a difficult start to his United career but Carrick has backed the South London-born star to make a mark.  

“Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to adapt. He’s a younger boy – I say boy, he’s not a young boy but a younger player – coming to such a big club, a new league.  

“It’s not easy to hit the ground running and we were well aware of that. Of course, we believe in him. As I’ve said before, the potential he’s got is massive, if he keeps doing the right things and keeps himself on the right track, then he’s got a great chance.  

“I’m not surprised by what he did the other night; I’ve seen it in training in recent weeks, I’ve seen that spring in his step coming back, you can see in the body language, in his personality, there’s a little spark there and hopefully that spark keeps getting bigger and he keeps improving.”


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