Manchester United manager Michael Carrick has revealed the reason why he started Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench for their Sunday clash against Chelsea.
United who escaped with a point from the Bridge paraded a different side from the team that beat Villarreal in midweek with Jadon Sancho scoring his opening Premier league goal in the game.
A lot of questions were raised on the decision to bench Ronaldo when where United played without a striker with others suggesting that the incoming manager Ralf Rangnick might have had a say in the lineup.
There is still a long road ahead and nothing is impossible when you play for Man. United. We will keep chasing our goals until the end! 👊🏽 pic.twitter.com/FZEuoDqBVa— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) November 28, 2021
"That's not the case, no (Rangnick made the decision)," Carrick said. "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," Carrick told reporters after the game.
Sancho sent the visitors ahead in the 50th minute of the contest at Stamford Bridge before Jorginho leveled the scores from the penalty spot 21 minutes from time after Wan Bissaka had fouled Thiago Silva.