Cristiano Ronaldo dropped for Man Utd's Chelsea clash as Michael Carrick makes brutal call

Cristiano Ronaldo has sensationally been dropped by Manchester United caretaker head coach Michael Carrick for the Red Devils’ important Premier League clash with Chelsea. Carrick is naming the team for what is likely the final time as Ralf Rangnick reportedly prepares to be appointed as interim boss. 

The 36-year-old has instead been named on the bench in a surprise move by Carrick against the top-flight leaders. 

The move is likely to frustrate Ronaldo, who was angered when he was removed from the starting 11 by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of a league match against Everton at the start of the campaign. 

There has been a debate over where the legendary forward will fit in under likely interim manager Rangnick, who prefers an energetic, high-pressing style of football.

Ronaldo has at times been criticised for his inability to press the opposition.

However, that has been outweighed by his incredible output in front of goal this season. The Portugal captain has saved United countless times this term. 

He scored four times in his first three appearances after completing an incredible return to the Red Devils in August. 

An emotional coming home at Old Trafford included a debut brace against Newcastle. He then struck in proceeding fixtures against Young Boys and West Ham. 

Ronaldo’s 10 goals since his return have also included a last-minute winner against Villarreal in the Champions League, a double in a 2-2 draw against Atalanta and an incredible volley in the 3-0 domestic win over Tottenham.

The latter helped to preserve Solskjaer’s job but the Norwegian has since been sacked after failing to build on that victory. 

Former United midfielder Carrick was placed in temporary charge while the Old Trafford hierarchy seek an interim head coach to lead the team until the end of the season. 

And the ex-England star has already made the bold call to leave out Ronaldo for just the second time in the Premier League since his return. 

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