Manchester United interim boss Michael Carrick has discussed his call to bench Cristiano Ronaldo for the match against Chelsea on Sunday.
Carrick made four changes from the mid-week Champions League win over Villareal.
In his first Premier League match in charge, the former United midfielder brought in Marcus Rashford for Ronaldo, with Bruno Fernandes in for Anthony Martial.
He also brought Nemanja Matic, Fred and Scott McTominay to start, with Donny van de Beek on the bench.
Ronaldo had only been benched once to date, and Carrick addressed the subject, saying: ‘A few tweaks and changes to freshen things up. Anthony [Martial] and Donny [van de Beek] too and Cristiano Ronaldo is your standout name [to be on the bench].
‘I have had a good chat with Cristiano and he was great.
‘It is a decision to pick a team, we don’t need anymore drama than that. Everyone who has come out of the team has been terrific around the place – including Cristiano – and have been supporting the boys.’
Ronaldo has netted 15 times in 19 games this term.Internet Explorer Channel Network