Man United: Cristiano Ronaldo started on the bench at Chelsea ‘was no drama’, says Michael Carrick

Michael Carrick insists it was no drama to bench Cristiano Ronaldo at Chelsea as he did not consider dropping the star a major decision as the Man United boss prepares for a third game against Arsenal

  • Cristiano Ronaldo started with the substitutes of Man United at Chelsea
  • Caretaker manager Michael Carrick put the star on the bench at Stamford Bridge
  • But Carrick has downplayed the importance of dropping Ronaldo before a big game
  • He insisted there was “no drama” and said he didn’t think it was “an important decision.”
  • Carrick will take charge of his third game as caretaker against Arsenal


Manchester United caretaker Michael Carrick has downplayed his decision to drop Cristiano Ronaldo against Chelsea, saying his decision was “no drama”.

Carrick caused a stir at Stamford Bridge on Sunday by dropping the United legend for only his second game in charge since taking over from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when he went on to draw a 1-1 draw with the Premier League leaders.

Ronaldo came in in the 64th minute but made little impression and rushed through the tunnel full time after the shortest handshakes with his manager.

Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped on the bench for Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea, eventually emerging at Stamford Bridge in the second half

United's interim manager Michael Carrick explains instructions to Ronaldo when he emerges

United’s interim manager Michael Carrick explains instructions to Ronaldo when he emerges

Carrick gears up for his third game as caretaker against Arsenal on Thursday

Carrick gears up for his third game as caretaker against Arsenal on Thursday

However, Carrick claimed the matter was blown out of proportion ahead of his third game against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Thursday night.

“I think decisions like this get blown up more than when you’re in the team and the club,” he said.

‘Decisions are made for many different reasons, some getting more news than others. I didn’t see it as a major decision. We all got along well, the game went well to some extent and there was no drama at all.’

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