Owen Hargreaves criticises decision to leave Michael Carrick on the bench

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Before Manchester United took to the field for their crunch Champions League clash against Wolfsburg last night, former player Owen Hargreaves was caught taking a dig at Louis van Gaal for his team selection. 

When discussing Van Gaal's side, Hargreaves certainly wasn't aware that he was live on BT Sport. The former England international wasn't happy that the Red Devils chief had opted to leave out Champions League winner Michael Carrick. 

Carrick started the night on the bench as Marouane Fellaini partnered Bastian Schweinsteiger in the middle of the park. The experienced midfielder was introduced late on but had to be deployed at centre-back after Chris Smalling picked up an injury. 

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Ultimately, the Dutchman's gamble failed to pay off as the Red Devils succumbed to a 3-2 defeat on the night. United will now take to the Europa League in pursuit of claiming European silverware this season. 

But would things have been different if Carrick had started from the off? Before the game had even begun, Hargreaves wasn't happy with his former teammate's exclusion from the side...

Experience

Ultimately, by playing Fellaini, Van Gaal attempted to mix things up. The Belgium international offers United something different, of course; a real threat in the air, the former Everton man enjoyed a solid performance in Germany, but Carrick's European experience would have been useful for the Red Devils. 

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With the likes of Guillermo Varela, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Memphis Depay and Co. in the team, Carrick may well have had a serious influence throughout proceedings. 

Despite the summer arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger, some will argue that Carrick remains the club's most consistent midfielder. 

Manchester United fans: would you have started Carrick last night? Have your say below! 

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