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Rangnick changes entire Man Utd team for Young Boys showdown

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 8 Dec 2021

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Ralf Rangnick made 11 changes for Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Young Boys on Wednesday.

The Red Devils were already assured of a place in the knockout stages ahead of the Group F showdown at Old Trafford.

Rangnick handed Dean Henderson an opportunity in goal behind a back four of Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Nemanja Matic, who captained the side, and Luke Shaw.

Donny van de Beek and Juan Mata anchored the midfield with Jesse Lingard and Amad Diallo starting in more advanced roles behind a front two of Mason Greenwood and Anthony Elanga.

With Elanga and Diallo both starting, the Red Devils included more than one teenager in their starting XI for a Champions League game for the first time since November 2009 v Besiktas (Federico Macheda, Danny Welbeck, Rafael).

The German also went for a youthful bench that included Charlie Savage – son of former United academy player Robbie – and Zidane Iqbal, who became the first British South Asian to be named in a United squad.

United won their first two meetings with Young Boys in the Champions League but fell to a 2-1 loss when the sides met in September.

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