Team News: Ralf Rangnick to make some changes for Manchester United against Young Boys
The Red Devils have already qualified for the Round of 16 with a game to spare. There is little reason for the club to risk their best players, who could in fact do with some rest. With games coming thick and fast in the festive season, rotation is key.
Rangnick appears to be thinking along the same lines and intends to give the players on the sidelines a chance. He appears to be ready to rest several of his top stars for what is essentially a dead rubber for us.
Injuries are another concern as Man Untied have six absentees going into the midweek clash. Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard have joined the injured list that already consists of Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw, Paul Pogba, and Edinson Cavani.
While Rangnnick has refused to give much away, he has hinted at a strong use of fringe players for the game. While he cannot field the likes of Phil Jones or Hannibal Mejbri, the likes of Anthony Elanga and Teden Mengi are in contention.
“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.”
Despite wanting to use certain players, Rangnick has to stick to the player list submitted for the UEFA Champions League. It all but excludes Phil Jones from any chance of featuring on the night. Instead of complaining over who isn’t available, the German is keen to shift his focus to who are.
“We have to put our focus on players who will be allowed to play.”
With Man United set to travel to Carrow Road to take on Norwich City next weekend, a match off will do our players the world of good. The German deployed his favoured 4-2-2-2 system against Crystal Palace to some effect. The team will certainly get better once they get used to the setup.
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Whether Rangnick’s appointment has given all players a clean slate remains to be seen. While some may not get regular playtime, they have to be ready to go when the opportunity presents itself. One has just reared its head against young boys and it needs to be seen who will grab it with both hands.