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Michael Carrick reveals Cristiano Ronaldo reaction after being dropped for Manchester United’s draw with Chelsea


Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped for Manchester United’s trip to Chelsea last week (Getty)

Michael Carrick has praised Cristiano Ronaldo’s reaction after he was dropped for Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

The 36-year-old surprisingly started on the bench for United’s trip to Stamford Bridge as Carrick opted to play Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho as his two attackers.

Chelsea dominated possession but were unable to secure a win as Sancho’s opener was cancelled out by Jorginho’s penalty.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, was brought on in the 64th minute but had little impact on the game.

But despite being dropped for the game, Carrick believes Ronaldo’s reaction was ‘perfection’.

‘There are a lot of things you have to take into consideration when you make a decision on picking a team,’ said Carrick.

Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to make an impact off the bench in Manchester United’s draw with Chelsea (Getty)

‘Some players bring things to the table, other players bring other things to the table. You have fitness, tiredness, freshness, there’s tactics, there’s personality and character within that.

‘It seems like it was a big decision but really, between us and [for] me personally, it wasn’t. You can ask Cristiano. The way he responded was perfection really.

‘Around the dressing room he was incredible, he supported the players. I went in to do my half-time team talk and he was warming up 10 minutes in advance ready to come on in the second half. I think a lot can be made of it and spinning it in a negative way but behind the scenes the reality is very different.’

Carrick also dismissed suggestions that Ronaldo is unable to press.

‘Maybe it is a myth, maybe that’s how it is,’ said Carrick.

‘He’s played in enough teams over the years and been successful. He’s been able to play a variety of ways and kept scoring goals for every team he’s played for, and he’ll continue to score goals, no doubt about it.’

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