Rangnick plays down chances of Garnacho and Hannibal getting first team shot

Manchester United wonderkids Hannibal and Alejandro Garnacho have been training with the first team recently.

Scott McTominay and Fred are missing for today’s clash with Norwich and Ralf Rangnick was asked about how he is going to set up his midfield for the game.

It might have been thought that it is the time to bring in some youngsters with the season almost over, but Rangnick played down that talk at his pre-match press conference.

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“Well, to start with, I think it’s good for Hannibal for example or for Alejandro [Garnacho] to train with us now for the last couple of days and weeks but we are not playing any friendly games or games where we say ‘okay, now we give a young player an opportunity to play,” he said when asked about replacing Fred and McTominay.

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“It’s not about that. It’s about playing the best possible line-up and formation with which we still think we can win the game.

“Yes, it’s not the best situation that we have to replace both Fred and Scotty, but we still have enough central midfielders who can still play and as I said, we will try to find the best possible constellation and formation in order to be able to win the game tomorrow.”

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Some United fans may think that so many senior stars have not performed to the right levels this season that Rangnick may as well throw some youngsters in now that the season is all but done.

That could help out the new manager, expected to be Erik ten Hag, in terms of seeing which wonderkids have what it takes to cut it in the first team.

And with less pressure on the side now, the time might be right but Rangnick is seemingly not seeing it that way, unless he is trying to throw Norwich off the scent.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.