Rangnick gives positive update on Wan-Bissaka injury after Young Boys draw
The Manchester United full-back was taken off on a stretcher after the Champions League group game.
The full-back received treatment twice during the 1-1 draw with Young Boys on Wednesday night and was stretchered off the field after colliding with an advertising hoarding in the final seconds of the Champions League encounter.
But speaking after the game, Rangnick didn’t seem too concerned about Wan-Bissaka’s situation.
“He received two knocks again – one on his wrist and the other one on his knee – so he’s been treated in the locker room,” the interim United manager told reporters via video link.
“We will have to wait and see what the situation is around those knocks tomorrow [Thursday] but I am positive, the day after tomorrow, he will be able to train again and hopefully be part of the team against Norwich.”
Rangnick’s view on the game
United approached the Champions League encounter knowing they would finish top of the group, regardless of the result against Young Boys.
It led to an indifferent performance from the Red Devils with Mason Greenwood netting in the ninth minute, before the hosts’ levels dropped, allowing Young Boys an opportunity to get back into the game.
It was one they took through Fabian Rieder, when he curled the ball past Dean Henderson just before the break. In the second half both sides spurned chances to grab the win, while the latter stages offered little excitement.
In his post-match press conference, Rangnick opined that United should have been more than a goal ahead before Young Boys equalised, and was frustrated with one particular aspect of his side’s performance.
“I thought the first half-hour was good,” said the former RB Leipzig manager. “We also had some unforced errors in those first 30 minutes, but at least were able to, not only keep them away from goal, but also have control on the game.
“We scored a beautiful goal set up by Luke Shaw, and a perfect left-foot shot by Mason. After that, we had two great opportunities to score the second and third ones, with Amad and Juan Mata. I think we should have been at least 2-0 up and I think that also would have changed the level of confidence.
Then, in the last 10 minutes, we more or less played in the way the team played in the weeks before; we were less proactive, we were dropping back too far.
“What annoyed me most was how we played into their pressing line. So we sent quite a few pressing invitations to them, including the goal we conceded. We had the chance not only to clear the ball, but to play the ball forward twice. We didn’t, and therefore we gave them the opportunity to score the equaliser.
“In the second half, it was difficult in terms of energy levels. Quite a few of the experienced players hadn’t had much game time in the past. For the young players it was also their first time at Old Trafford at Champions League level, and this was obvious.
Rangnick made 11 changes to his team, from the one which beat Palace at the weekend, and he explained the reasons behind that, saying: “There were two aspects to it: on the one side, I wanted to give game time to the players that played today and also see them in a competitive level, in the Champions League.
“On the other hand, to rest the others who played on Sunday against Crystal Palace for the Norwich game. So we had a normal training session with those players today and we will have two more normal training sessions with them in order to prepare them for the Norwich game tomorrow and on Friday.”