Ralf Rangnick wants Manchester United’s youngsters to play with “no fear” against Young Boys at Old Trafford in the Champions League.
The German coach has made 11 changes to the starting line-up that won 1-0 against Crystal Palace, in his first game in charge on Sunday.
With top spot assured in Group F and passage to the last-16 secured, following the 2-0 win against Villarreal last time out, Rangnick has revealed when he decided to rotate his squad.
Speaking to MUTV before the match, Rangnick said: “I decided two days ago that we would like to give as many of these players an opportunity as possible and to rest the others as the next game is in three days at Norwich. I’d like to see those players in competitive conditions in a Champions League game.”
With games coming thick and fast in the build up to the festive period, Rangnick felt it was imperative that United’s starting line-up, who started back-to-back home matches against Palace and Arsenal, in the space of four days, got some rest.
Rangnick added: “We have so many games coming up, a very full and tight schedule coming up in the next weeks and months, so we need everybody, so it is the perfect situation to have presented itself.”
With the likes of Anthony Elanga and Amad Diallo handed their Champions League debuts for United, and a number of the club’s academy graduates on the bench, Rangnick has urged the club’s youngsters to enjoy the occasion.
Rangnick concluded: “They were training with us yesterday and today, so they were already part of the training session and they should just enjoy themselves in the game, with no fear, always on the front foot, being proactive and that is what I would like to see. And then they can even make a mistake and it doesn’t matter.”
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