Ralf Rangnick had numerous updates for Manchester United supporters at his press conference ahead of the Young Boys fixture.

Rangnick confirmed Dean Henderson would come in to make just his second start of the season.

The Champions League game against the Swiss side will be a night of research for the new interim manager, who has a chance to take a look at some of the players on the squad’s fringes.

It is an opportunity gifted to him by caretaker boss Michael Carrick after the 2-0 away win over Villarreal a fortnight ago, which wrapped up the group’s top spot.

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Team news

Along with Henderson, Rangnick confirmed midfielder Donny van de Beek would be in line to start the fixture.

Rangnick has named Nemanja Matic as captain for the night, which suggests Harry Maguire will sit the game out along with Bruno Fernandes.

Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard returned from injuries to train, although Anthony Martial has not been passed fit due to a knee injury.

Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane were also pictured training, although it would be smarter to start both players on the bench, considering they have been out a while and United need them fully fit for the festive fixtures.

Who will start for United?

In goal we have Dean Henderson as a confirmed starter. This is a big opportunity for him to stake his claim to compete at Old Trafford, or to secure a good loan move.

A switch of full-backs is likely with Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka coming in for Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot, who have temporarily at least, taken over as first choice.

In central defence it is likely to be Victor Lindelof partnering Eric Bailly, with Maguire effectively confirmed to miss out with the news Matic will be captain. The pair played well together in the draw away at Chelsea.

Matic and Van de Beek will replace Fred and Scott McTominay in midfield, then it gets quite interesting.

United are likely to play a 4-2-2-2 and while Jesse Lingard will take one of the attacking midfield spots, the second is up for grabs.

The boring option, with little to gain, is to select Juan Mata. The exciting option, which can teach Rangnick about the future of his squad, is to pick Amad, who was again pictured training with the first team on Tuesday.

Manchester United Training Session
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Up front, United could name a youthful attacking pair of Anthony Elanga and Mason Greenwood, who both came off the bench at the weekend.

Ronaldo and Rashford are likely to be rested, and Martial is out injured. Rangnick suggested Edinson Cavani would not be considered, and neither with Raphael Varane, with United keen not to rush either player back.

One alternate way to line-up is to play a front three, with Greenwood up front and Amad and Elanga either side.

Ronaldo has scored in five Champions League games in a row, and he will want to make it six. We expect he will just be on the bench, but don’t be surprised if he makes it on at some stage.

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