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No Drama Over Ronaldo Omission – Carrick

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Michael Carrick insists benching Cristiano Ronaldo at Chelsea ‘wasn’t a drama’ because he didn’t see dropping the star ‘as a major decision’ as Man United’s caretaker boss prepares for a third game in charge against Arsenal. 

“I think them type of discussions get blown up really, a lot bigger than they probably are, when you’re kind of inside the team or the club,” Carrick said on Wednesday.

“Decisions are made for a lot of different reasons and of course certain ones get bigger news than others, but that’s how it was.

“I didn’t see it as being a major decision. It certainly wasn’t within the camp or group. We all got on really well. The game went well to an extent and it wasn’t a drama at all.”

Carrick says that he has not yet spoken to Rangnick, whose appointment was confirmed on Monday.

“I haven’t got anything to update on,” Carrick said. “The process of the work permit and visa is ongoing as we speak.

“I am in this position, as I was for Villarreal and Chelsea. I’m getting the boys ready for game tomorrow night.

“It is pretty much as it was for both games. Because of the process we haven’t been able to [speak].

“We have carried on as we have done. It has worked well for the last two games and hopefully it will tomorrow.”

Fred doing better in new tweaked role.

“I think that gets overlooked – first choice for Brazil in a good Brazil team shows how far Fred’s come since he came to the club and how much he’s improved,” Carrick said.

“For me, one of the biggest things that maybe people don’t see is the attitude, his desire to be a team player and desperate to put himself out there to play games.

“That mentality is infectious and I’m all for that. I think he’s obviously improved an awful lot – brings a great energy to the team. 

“He’s played a little bit higher up the pitch at times the last couple of games than maybe before, just because we’ve tweaked a couple of things for both games.

“He’s done ever so well and I think obviously the regains, especially [for] Cristiano’s goal at Villarreal, epitomise that, and he nearly got one the other night when he intercepted from [Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard] Mendy late on and nearly scored.”

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