The mystery of Cristiano Ronaldo being a substitute, Rangnick’s influence?


A surprising decision was taken by Manchester United’s carer, Michael Carrick. When accompanying MU for the first time as caretaker in the Premier League, Carrick put Cristiano Ronaldo as a backup when facing Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Sunday (11/28/2021).

What Carrick took certainly raises questions from a number of experts. They suspect that the decision to leave Ronaldo did not come from him, but it was an instruction from the future interim manager of MU, Ralf Rangnick.

“I have a feeling that the new boss has chosen this team. I have watched the team play for a minute, increasingly convinced of the influence of the new boss in the style displayed,” former United defender Gary Neville tweeted.


Many agree : It wasn’t just Neville who suspected that the team against Chelsea was Rangnick’s choice. Former Manchester United midfielder, Roy Keane, also thinks the same thing.

Keane even wondered why Carrick dared to back up Ronaldo. Because, the match against Chelsea is quite crucial.

“I can forgive that this is the Champions League group stage. But, this is a big game for United. How can you leave a Cristiano Ronaldo in the car park. If there is a ball, and where to direct it, even though he is 36, that’s for sure Ronaldo He came back because he wanted to raise the prestige of the club,” said Keane.

What did Carrick say? : Regarding this, Carrick opened his voice. His decision to reserve Ronaldo, emphasized Carrick, for reasons of tactical need.

Carrick dismissed Rangnick’s influence in team selection. Everything, Carrick said, was purely a decision he had made.

“It deals with the idea. I’ve talked to Cristiano. His attitude is outstanding. We really want to stop the passing of the middle sector which are released Jorginho and Ruben Loftus-Cheek,” said Carrick told The Sun .

The Rangnick Controversy : Rangnick had indeed made a sentence that was quite controversial. He said Ronaldo was too old and fairly expensive.

Therefore, Rangnick is reluctant to bring Ronaldo or Lionel Messi to the club he trains. The comment came from Rangnick’s mouth in 2016, when he was still in charge of Red Bull Leipzig.

“So it doesn’t make sense to think you can work with them here. They are too old and expensive,” Rangnick was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.