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

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Man Utd caretaker boss Michael Carrick made three changes for the visit of Arsenal

Michael Carrick made three changes for Manchester United v Arsenal (Picture: MUTV)

Michael Carrick has explained his team selection for 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.

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Cristiano Ronaldo was recalled for the Old Trafford clash

Cristiano Ronaldo was recalled for the Old Trafford clash (Picture: Getty)

‘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.’

Manchester United are 10th in the Premier League ahead of Thursday’s home match against Arsenal, who could break into the top-four with a win at Old Trafford.

Mikel Arteta made two changes for the trip to Manchester (Picture: Getty)

Mikel Arteta made two changes for the trop to Manchester, with Gabriel Martinelli replacing Bukayo Saka and Mohamed Elneny coming in for Albert Sambi Lokonga.

Arteta said: ‘It is time to play them. We come here with the same level of preparation like we normally do. We need to start to rotate the team.

‘Very difficult to predict [how Man Utd will play]. That was something we spoke about in preparation. We don’t know how much input he [Ralf Rangnick] has had into the team.’

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