Ronaldo was named on the bench for the Monday night game, but appeared happy to gatecrash Sky’s on-pitch coverage before the match kicked-off. He warmly embraced former teammates Gary Neville and Roy Keane, but offered Carragher just a cursory glance as he stepped past him.

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After Ronaldo had left, Carragher admitted he had been “totally blanked” by the Portuguese international.

Keane’s brief, but slightly awkward, conversation with Ronaldo can just about be heard in the background. “On the bench,” said Keane.

“What do you want me to do?” replied Ronaldo.

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“In the team,” said Keane.

“I know,” replied Ronaldo, as he collected the ball and wandered off.

The Manchester United striker also declined the offer of an interview with Sky.

The decision to drop Harry Maguire and last season’s top goalscorer were a major talking point ahead of the game. “I think they will be really disappointed,” Carragher said of Ronaldo and Maguire dropping to the bench. “I think in some ways for Harry Maguire it is something he needs just to get out of the firing line, I think some of the criticism has been well over the top. “With Ronaldo, the manager has got an opportunity now because there are a couple of players back to say ‘I want you on the bench’. “If I’m being honest, I don’t think the manager wants Ronaldo around the place, he had to play him at Brentford but as soon as he has got options he has put him on the bench and I think in two weeks Ronaldo will move on.” United confirmed the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro before kick-off, parading the Brazil midfielder on the pitch as applause mixed with anti-Glazer chants. The Brazil midfielder also went over to Keane before he headed down the tunnel.


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