Gary Neville believes that Ralf Rangnick picked the Manchester United team for today’s tussle with Chelsea.
Man United battled for a point at Stamford Bridge this evening, with Jadon Sancho’s second-half goal having been cancelled out by a Jorginho penalty.
The Red Devils were led by Michael Carrick for the second time in a week, with the deal to appoint Ralf Rangnick as interim manager still not finalised.
Carrick made some big decisions with the lineup, relegating Cristiano Ronaldo to the bench and starting three defensively-minded midfielders.
It’s a far cry from how we saw Man United set up under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and even drastically different to the Villarreal game midweek.
As a result, Man United legend Gary Neville believes that it wasn’t actually Carrick that picked the team – rather Ralf Rangnick.
A lot of people having a go at Michael Carrick for dropping Ronaldo and picking that MDF. I’ve a feeling the the incoming manager has picked that team as it’s a huge departure from midweek and what they’ve been doing
— Gary Neville (@GNev2) November 28, 2021
Carrick will take the credit and rightly so, but we will never know for certain if he was having a word in his ear or not.
Either way, it was a resolute performance from Man United and a point that they definitely would have taken before a ball was kicked.