Michael Carrick has explained why Harry Maguire is starting in Manchester United's game against Arsenal on Thursday.

Maguire received a red card in United's 4-1 defeat to Watford last month and he was suspended for the Reds' visit to Chelsea.

Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly started in defence at Stamford Bridge and the latter delivered an impressive performance.

Carrick named Maguire in his starting XI to play Arsenal, though, which meant Bailly was named on the bench.

Ralf Rangnick is in line to take over the Manchester United hotseat after the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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"He’s [Maguire] the captain of the club," Carrick told Amazon Prime.

"He’s a terrific player, a big presence in the team and a big part of the squad.

"Eric did ever so well the other day, he did fantastically, I spoke to Eric and explained the reasons for it. He’s fine with that. Disappointed because he wanted to play, of course, but that’s what you want when you’re picking teams.

"You want the ones you leave out to be disappointed."