Rangnick explains his United team v Young Boys

Wednesday 08 December 2021 19:30

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has explained his decision to make 11 changes to his starting XI, for the Champions League match against Young Boys at Old Trafford.

With the Reds already through to the last 16 as group winners, the German has opted to rotate the squad and assess players who did not feature in his first game as boss - the Premier League win over Crystal Palace at the weekend. 

United line up as follows: 

Matic (c)
Van de Beek

Subs: Heaton, Kovar, Hardley, Mengi, Savage, Iqbal, Shoretire.

Read our pitchside interview with Rangnick below...

Rangnick: Let’s be proactive Video

Rangnick: Let’s be proactive

Ralf outlines what he wants to see from his much-changed United side tonight…

Ralf, it looks like an attacking side. What are your thoughts?
“Well, yes I decided two days ago that we would like to give as many of those players an opportunity as possible and to rest the other players because the next game is coming up in three days at Norwich, in an away game. But I would like to see these players in competitive conditions, in a Champions League game and I am more than happy and very excited to see them play in front of 75,000 fans.”

Is this a chance for the players to impress you if they want to get into your team again?
“Yes, we have so many games coming up, a very full and tight schedule coming up in the next weeks and months, so we need everybody so it is the perfect situation to have presented itself.”

What is your message to the young lads on the bench?
“They were training with us yesterday and today, so they were already part of the training session and they should just enjoy themselves in the game, with no fear, always on the front foot, being proactive and that is what I would like to see. And then they can even make a mistake and it doesn’t matter.”