Ralf Rangnick hints at changes for Man United's clash with Young Boys

Man United interim boss Ralf Rangnick hints at wholesale changes from side that beat Crystal Palace ahead of Champions League clash against Young Boys with the Red Devils already topping Group F

  • Manchester United beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge
  • The interim boss left his side unchanged from 3-2 victory over Arsenal last week 
  • But the German is expected to make changes for the game against Young Boys 
  • United have already won Group F and have secured passage to the last 16 

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has hinted he could make a number of changes for their Champions League clash against BSC Young Boys on Wednesday. 

The Red Devils snatched three points against Crystal Palace as Rangnick’s first game in charge ended in a 1-0 draw. 

The new boss left his side unchanged from their midweek 3-2 win over Arsenal but United have already secured their passage to the Champions League last 16, topping Group F. 

Ralf Rangnick has hinted he could make changes for Man United’s Champions League clash against BSC Young Boys on Wednesday

With the final group game against Young Boys simply a formality, Rangnick is expected to make a host of changes as the Swiss side, who are chasing Europa League qualification, make the trip to Old Trafford.

Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard joined an overloaded United treatment table with Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani also sidelined. 

Despite his limited options, the 63-year-old suggested he could still make wholesale changes to his starting XI. 

A stunning finish from midfielder Fred (pictured) gave the Red Devils three points on Sunday

‘It’s perfectly possible we bring some fresh players because the next game is coming up on Saturday, an away game at Norwich [City],’ he said, via the Mirror.

‘It is possible, we will speak about that tomorrow at Carrington.

‘The problem is we can only play players who are in the Champions League list.

‘For example, Phil Jones, whom I would love to give game-time on Wednesday after his long-term injury, unfortunately, he is not on the list, so we have to put our focus on players who will be allowed to play.

‘It is possible, I don’t know if we play a completely new 10 players because I don’t know if we have enough players on the list but it’s definitely possible we could play with some new players.’

Rangnick favours a 4-2-2-2 formation and after finding success against Palace, he is expected to line up in the same shape this week. 

‘We had enough space with Jadon [Sancho] and Bruno [Fernandes] in those No 10 positions for our fullbacks to play forwards and ask for the ball on the wings,’ he explained.

The German claimed United had enough space with Jadon Sancho (R) and Bruno Fernandes in No 10 positions

‘That was the reason I decided to play a 4-2-2-2.

‘We played with two strikers, Marcus [Rashford] and Cristiano up front with Jadon and Bruno on the 10 position and for the rest of the team it was the same position as usual.

‘I just thought it might be better to have control in the centre of the pitch with Cristiano having a partner up front and I think it worked out well.’

Mason Greenwood is poised to take Cristiano Ronaldo’s place up front after providing the assist for Fred’s 77th-minute winner as a substitute. 

Mason Greenwood (R) came on as a substitute before providing the assist for Freed’s winner

The youngster is expected to take Cristiano Ronaldo’s (R) spot in the United frontline 

19-year-old Anthony Elanga and outcast Donny Van de Beek also made cameos off the bench and the duo could both be handed starts on Wednesday. 

A host of other prodigies could make appearances with UEFA allowing academy players to be added to a Champions League squad B list 24 hours before kick-off. 

But one youngster will be missing out on the action. Teenager Hannibal Mejbri is away on international duty with Tunisia for the Arab Cup.

However, Mejbri is not missing out on the chance to impress his new boss, picking up the Man of the Match award as his nation beat the United Arab Emirates 1-0 on Monday.

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