John Carver has admitted taking a huge gamble on Saturday.
After only two days training and no warm up matches, Carver introduced Papiss Cisse after 69 minutes with United desperate for the winning goal.
After previously saying he wouldn’t take any risks with players who weren’t properly ready, the fact both Rolando Aarons and Cisse were on the bench, made me wonder whether they were there just for show and to give a bit of hope to the supporters.
If Cisse had suffered any reaction that ended up ruling him out of the final two matches, John Carver would have been in a very difficult position in justifying his inclusion.
On the positive side, great to see players such as Papiss Cisse desperate to be on the pitch, especially when so many players recently have looked as though they’d prefer to be anywhere else!
John Carver talking after the 1-1 draw with West Brom:
“He surprised me and the medical people because he so, so wanting to be involved, it was a huge gamble because of the operation he had on the knee, not because of the suspension.
“It just shows his character and the character we have got in the dressing room.”
“He came to me at half-time and said ‘I’ll do 30 minutes for you’ and I thought, well maybe that’s just a little bit too long because it is a massive massive gamble.
“But getting him on the pitch was a huge plus and I have to also say Riviere did a great job in that lone striker role, though he is finding it hard to find the back of the net.”