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THE two Sky Sports pundits launched into an angry tirade when debating Cristiano Ronaldo’s role.

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Premier League greats Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher have clashed in a heated exchange after Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo was benched on Monday morning.

Having sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week and with the arrival of Ralf Rangnick imminent, United is expected to be a new-look side under the German’s guidance.

Interim boss Michael Carrick did not wait for Rangnick to make a bold move though, benching Ronaldo for the start of Monday’s clash with Chelsea.

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“Few tweaks and changes from the other night, freshen things up a bit. Gameplan, ideas. Had a good chat with Ronaldo and he was great, we have decided to go like that today,” Carrick told Sky Sports just before kick-off.

United are set to hire former Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick imminently as their interim manager until the end of the season.

And given Rangnick’s preference for an intense pressing gameplan that may not suit Ronaldo, it was intriguing to see the former Juventus forward left on the bench by Carrick.

Keane though did not find it intriguing, instead firing up over the decision, questioning why Ronaldo, earning $37.5m (AUD) per season, was brought back to United in the first place.

“Ronaldo’s not one to come off the bench,” Keane said.

“Ronaldo has not come back to sit on the bench. Why [Michael] Carrick is trying to give him a high-five I don’t know, let him get down the tunnel.

“Nothing wrong with a player being upset but Ronaldo has not come back to sit on the bench. He’s a world class player, the idea Ronaldo will close people down he’s not.

“Sometimes you have to work around the superstar. I played with players who don’t do their bit you’d hope, the [Eric] Cantonas of the world but you forgive him because they will score and win the matches. He could’ve played easily.”

Carragher though disagreed, arguing it should not be a “big story” if Ronaldo is forced to come off the bench for the overall benefit of the team.

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“Ronaldo’s not the player he was,” he said.

“He’s obviously still delivering for Manchester United in terms of goals, but I don’t think it should be a big story if Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t start every game or at times comes off,” said Carragher.

“I think [Ralf] Rangnick will not cause himself a problem by putting Ronaldo on the bench but this idea of Ronaldo playing every minute I don’t think is right.

“I think going away to big games I can understand why Carrick didn’t start him. He’s 36.

“You finish second and sign Ronaldo at 36, you’re not going to win the league in four years. If you sign someone at 36 it’s to win right now. If you sign Varane a four-time Champions League winner, it’s to win right now. Are they any closer to winning the league?”

Keane replied immediately: “No. He’s not come back to win the league”.

That though had Carragher asking an even more telling question.

“So what’s he come back for?” he asked.

“What’s he here for then?”

Keane went on to admit Ronaldo was brought over to “win cups”, adding “they were never going to win the league with Ronaldo”.

As for whether Ronaldo was still a force at 36 years old, Keane pointed towards his goal-scoring prowess.

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“But they’re not all world class and scored 800 goals, if you’re watching United today, you’re looking at it thinking, if a ball falls to anyone, even at 36, it’s Ronaldo,” he added.

“It’s not as if he’s come back to the club and not scored, he looks on it, he looks interested – but this idea that he’s getting the blame for the high press.”

Carragher went on to claim United only signed Ronaldo because they were “terrified” he would sign with rivals Manchester City, adding: “There was no plan to sign him”.

It has been a consistent criticism of Ronaldo’s move to United, with some claiming United should have prioritised improvement of its midfield or defence.

Carragher though was not the only one to come under Keane’s wrath, with the United great also taking aim at interim coach Carrick post-game.

Carrick criticised the decision to award Chelsea a penalty while also praising the United playing group, claiming they “unfairly had the three points taken away from them”.

Keane was having none of it, declaring: “I disagree with everything he said in that interview”.

“He’s talking about the penalty,” Keane said.

“Of course it was a penalty. We’ve all looked at it, it’s a penalty.

“He’s talking about the players’ efforts, he’s proud of them. He’s been working with the players for the last few months. He was alongside Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer], he was in the dugout with Ole.

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“And now all of a sudden he’s proud of them this week and they had a plan? What about all the other games they had? Why aren’t they making effort in the other games? Why aren’t they closing down people in the other games?

“He’s talking about the high pressure – we saw all the stats before the match, they’re the worst in the league at closing people down, winning the ball back.

“Praising players, praising players for doing their jobs. He mentioned the three midfielders – it’s ridiculous.

“He was sitting in the dugout for the last few months with Ole, last few years.

“He was there with [Jose] Mourinho as well – all of a sudden he’s proud of the players this week? He’s working with the same players.”

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Burnley’s pitch was covered in snow ahead of Sunday’s prospective clash with Tottenham.

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