Man Utd team news: Ralf Rangnick’s expected XI for Young Boys clash with nine changes

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Manchester United could make as many as nine changes for Wednesday night’s crunch Champions League fixture with Young Boys at Old Trafford. The Red Devils go into the game with their qualification to the knockout stages of the tournament already assured. And Ralf Rangnick has promised to tinker with his side as a result.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Rangnick confirmed he’d be making changes for the match.

“I haven’t finally decided (my team) but it makes sense we will rest a few players due to the crowded fixture list,” he said.

“We need to make sure we have as many recovered players as possible but also need the positive momentum.

“The first game in this group we lost at Young Boys so we need to make up for that.”

Rangnick then confirmed that Dean Henderson would start the match in place of David De Gea.

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Therefore, the Spain international is likely to have to settle for a place in the bench. He could even be afforded the evening off altogether, with Tom Heaton ready to deputise for Henderson.

Defensively, Raphael Varane is still out while it’s unknown if Luke Shaw is ready to return from injury.

Consequently, United fans can expect Victor Lindelof and Alex Telles to keep their places in the side – with Eric Bailly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka potentially coming in.

For midfield, Rangnick also confirmed Donny van de Beek would start the match.

The Netherlands international rarely got a chance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer yet, with the 48-year-old no longer in charge, is likely to be given some chances to prove his worth.

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Alongside him could be Nemanja Matic, who faced the media with Rangnick on Tuesday afternoon.

Now, for the attacking positions, United may opt to give Bruno Fernandes another rest.

The Portugal international was dropped for the recent 2-0 win over Villarreal and though he’s since been reinstated to the team, another demotion could be on the cards.

In his place United may pick Jesse Lingard, with Jadon Sancho on the right.

And if the Red Devils use Rangnick’s favoured 4-2-2-2 system, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford would likely be given the nod up top.

That would mean a night off for Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored in every Champions League match so far this season.

Yet with the veteran approaching the twilight years of his career, Ronaldo may be given a rest.

United haven’t won the Champions League since 2008.

And Rangnick was coy when quizzed on the Red Devils’ chances of claiming the prize this season.

“It is too early now, I have only been here a week and played one game,” he said.

“Obviously with a club like this we are ambitious in all competitions.”

Rangnick did suggest, though, that United should be aiming for the biggest prizes on offer.

“As you now, as a young student I studied at University and there has always been a special interest from my part in English football,” he said.

“When the offer came from Manchester United it was a no-brainer.

“A lot of good players here and to work with them for six months I couldn’t possibly turn down.”

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