Rangnick says Henderson and van de Beek will start against Young Boys

Ralf Rangnick has conducted his pre-match press conference ahead of his first Champions League game as Manchester United interim manager.

He faced reporters at the briefing which was streamed at 1.30pm on United’s official app and Rangnick was asked about Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek.

Henderson has been forced to be patient this season with David de Gea the current resounding winner in the battle for the club’s number one goalkeeper.

Van de Beek was brought by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the Norwegian seemed unsure how best to use him and he was largely frozen out.

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But Rangnick has confirmed that both players will start in a rotated lineup when Young Boys face United at Old Trafford tomorrow night.

He said: “They will both play tomorrow in the first 11. As you saw, Donny came on as a sub last Sunday and I know that Dean is a very, very good, ambitious goalkeeper.

“We definitely need two goalkeepers – we have even three with Tom [Heaton]. I have to get to know the players first in the next couple of weeks to finally assess them.

“Right now I am more than happy to have all of them on board and I will try and give them as much gametime as possible. It definitely makes sense that we will rest a few players due to the crowded fixture list, but we need to keep the positive momentum and our ethos is to win games even if we play with a few fresh players.”

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Henderson has not played since the EFL Cup exit at the hands of West Ham in September, with de Gea in impressive form.

Van de Beek was introduced as a substitute in Rangnick’s maiden game in charge against Crystal Palace, helping to find a winning goal.

The Dutchman looks like the kind of player who can operate as a number six or a number ten in Rangnick’s 4-2-2-2 system, if that is what Rangnick persists with.

It will be interesting to see where he is deployed against Young Boys, and Henderson will be looking to follow up de Gea’s clean sheet at the weekend with one of his own here.

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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.