Ralf Rangnick hints at giving Manchester United youngsters PL debuts vs Chelsea
Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick has hinted that he could give some of the club’s talented youngsters their first taste of Premier League action.
The German has made one change to his starting line-up from Saturday’s defeat at Arsenal for tonight’s clash against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford comes into the side in place of Jadon Sancho who is ruled out with tonsillitis.
Speaking on MUTV about Rashford’s inclusion, Rangnick said: “As often before he’s been very good in training, I very much hope for himself but also for the team that he can transfer that performance onto the pitch tonight.”
With eight first team players absent for the clash, United’s resources are stretched which has led to the interim boss naming four teenagers on the bench.
The 63-year-old added: “We have four of our academy boys on the bench tonight and in total its eight players missing.
“I would love to have them on board but we have to take it as it is.”
Rangnick was asked about the possibility of Hannibal, Alvaro Fernandez, Alejandro Garnacho and Shola Shoretire coming off the bench and getting the opportunity to play in a big game against Chelsea.
The German added: “They’ve been training with us in the last couple of weeks and it’s a great experience for them to be part of the group.
“It’s possible that some of them might even get their first [Premier League] cap today apart from Hannibal who has already played at Liverpool.”
Hannibal and Shoretire have played in the Premier League, but Fernandez and Garnacho are yet to make their first team debuts.
Speaking on facing his compatriot Thomas Tuchel, Rangnick concluded: “They’re playing with their best possible starting XI, it will be a tough game, but we have to play as a team.
“The only way to get something out of this game tonight is to play as a real team and to fight together.”