Man Utd: Why Michael Carrick recalled Cristiano Ronaldo for Arsenal clash


Man Utd caretaker boss Michael Carrick made three changes for the visit of Arsenal (Picture: MUTV)

Michael Carrick has explained his team selection for decision Manchester United’s Premier League clash against Arsenal after recalling Cristiano Ronaldo for the Old Trafford clash.

Red Devils caretaker manager Carrick made three changes to the side that started Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea, with Harry Maguire returning to the side following his one-match suspension in replace of Eric Bailly.

Diogo Dalot and Ronaldo also come into United’s line-up, replacing Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nemanja Matic who are both absent for the Arsenal fixture.

Asked about his team selection before the game, Carrick said: ‘Couple of little tweaks and changes. We have done it for the two games previous and we have done it tonight.

‘Harry Maguire has come back in from suspension. He is the captain of the club and a terrific player and a big part of the squad.

‘Eric [Bailly] did well the other day. He is fine with the reason for it. You want those left out to be disappointed. It is natural.

‘There is a lot made of the press and counter-attack and styles. We want to be a winning team. There are different ways of going about it.

‘Some games we have dominated with the ball, others we have sat back. We have plans for every game but it is winning that counts.

‘It is up to the players to give the fans something to sing about. It is a great position for the players to be in, to come and play football and raise the energy in the stadium. Our fans are incredible, through thick and thin as the saying goes.’

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