Manchester United have advanced to the last 16 of the Champions League and are expected to rest their players against Young Boys at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
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This was interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s first European game in charge of the Red Devils but not his last.
United made it through to the round of 16 as the winners of Group F, although they have yet to find out who their next opponent will be.
Donny van de Beek and Nemanja Matic – who will be the captain of the team – was among those arriving at The Hyatt hotel in Manchester.
Rangnick, only in charge of his second game, has promised to rotate his roster with Young Boys for a glimpse of those on the team’s fringes.
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“And it’s also wise, at this stage of the season, with a crowded fixture list over the next few weeks and months, to let a few players rest. Because, as we’ve seen, the way they are. My game against Palace is intense.
“It’s not easy to play at that level with the same group of players every three days and so for me, doing some sort of rotation makes perfect sense.”
Dean Henderson was also spotted entering the building, like Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Maguire is said to be absent from the squad.
Rangnick wants to give some of his young players a chance and has confirmed strikers Anthony Elanga and Amad Diallo will have “game time”.
The German added: “So is Mason Greenwood, who hasn’t played as much in the last couple of weeks, so he’ll definitely play as well.
“But there are also some experienced people who didn’t have that much game time in the past. Aaron [Wan-Bissaka], hope even Luke [Shaw] will be available for the game.
“Nemanja [Matic] will be captain tomorrow. Juan Mata will have game time. Jesse Lingard.
“So we have quite a few players who are going to play tomorrow, and who definitely and desperately need game time.”
Rangnick can still deploy some Premier League normally, as Young Boys could qualify for the Europa League with a win at Old Trafford.
United famously lost their first game of the Champions League season to the Swiss side, who have not won a European title since.
“They are under pressure, more than we are,” the coach admitted.
“Results are wise, we’re not under pressure, but our ethos is to win the game and we want to play in a way that we still dominate the game.
“Ultimately, it’s about winning. It’s not just about playing beautiful football or intensive football. It’s about winning.
“So again, the players that are going to play, they’re going to want to win the game, and maybe then, in a way, also make up for the loss in the first inning.”
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