Ralf Rangnick will take charge of his second game as Manchester United interim manager, when the Red Devils host Young Boys on Wednesday night (8pm kick-off).
It’s been a tumultuous and chaotic Champions League group stage for United, which began with a 2-1 loss to Young Boys in mid-September.
Since then, a lot has happened, with the three-time European champions’ indifferent performances in the competition not always reflected in their results. In fact, they picked up 10 points from the double headers against Villarreal and Atalanta, which has ensured they’ll finish top of their group.
It means Rangnick, who began life as United boss with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, will have plenty of opportunity to rotate his team for the midweek clash, which comes in the midst of a heavy fixture schedule for the Red Devils.
As for the visitors, a win at Old Trafford could see them finish third and progress to the Europa League knockout stages, although they’d also need Villarreal to beat Atalanta in Bergamo.
The Swiss outfit aren’t enjoying a stellar campaign domestically either and are fourth in the table at present, nine points off top spot. Young Boys are also managed by former Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner.
What’s the latest team news?
Rangnick is expected to heavily rotate his side for the Champions League outing, and confirmed in the pre-match press conference that Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek will start.
Youngsters Teden Mengi and Anthony Elanga could also be in the mix, while fringe players Eric Bailly, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard, Amad and Nemanja Matic are also options for the German, who can only select players from United’s 30-man Champions League squad.
That means Phil Jones, who isn’t registered to play in Europe, can’t play. Rangnick also confirmed on Tuesday that Raphael Varane, Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial won’t recover in time for the game.
Luke Shaw is still out, meaning Alex Telles could play at left-back, while Paul Pogba continues to be absent with a muscular injury.
Rangnick used a 4-2-2-2 shape in Sunday’s win over Palace, but he may opt for a more conventional style on Wednesday given his need to rotate the squad.
Manchester United predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Telles; Matic, Van de Beek; Elanga, Mata, Amad; Greenwood.
Is the match on TV?
United’s encounter with Young Boys will be shown live on BT Sport 2 from 7pm, with kick-off at 8pm. It is one of six Champions League matches taking place at the same time, with Bayern Munich v Barcelona on BT Sport 3, and Atalanta v Villarreal on BT Sport ESPN. As always, the games can also be streamed live on the BT Sport app.
How can I watch highlights?
Highlights from the game will be shown on BT Sports’ Champions League YouTube channel. Meanwhile, Champions League Tonight, which starts at 10.30pm on BT Sport 2 , will show the highlights and biggest moments from all of Wednesday’s games.
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