MANCHESTER, UK – used by Ralf Rangnick Manchester UnitedChampions League match against Young boys as an audition for his new team and while some players on the show can expect a call back from the German, others will fear being left behind.
With the top spot in Group F already secured, Rangnick made 11 changes to turn the game into a glorified truth quest. Cristiano Ronaldo, Harry Maguire, David De Gea and the rest were left at home on a cold, wet December night in Manchester, but after a Draw 1-1 with the Swiss champions, Dean Henderson, Juan Mataand Mason Greenwood let Rangnick know they could be willing allies in his Old Trafford revolution.
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Aaron Wan-Bissaka, on the other hand, has reason to worry that the curtain might be about to come down on his regular days on the team.
Then Rangnick said: “It was an experiment. “I wanted to save some players for Norwich and we had a few more hits.
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“I knew before the game that this team didn’t play together. The first half an hour we did well, there were a few unwarranted errors. We should have led 2-0 or 3-0 but but We didn’t score and were sloppy.
“After conceding the equalizer, we didn’t defend high enough and maybe even 3-3 at the end.”
His program notes before the game appeared to be heavily aimed at his team as supporters with the 63-year-old reminded of his new charges that no choice would be made.” guaranteed” during his time on the line.
“I’m still learning about the players on the team and even though I’ve kept the same team for [Crystal] The palace has been defeated Arsenal, this doesn’t mean anything is guaranteed,” he wrote.
“There will be opportunities for people to bet, especially with so many games at this time of year. What I would like to see is that every player is trying to make the most of every opportunity they get.”
Greenwood was the first to take his chance with a spectacular finish from Luke Shawwill pass within 10 minutes. The 20-year-old, playing for the first time in more than a month after a coronavirus outbreak, hooked a ball that looked destined to slip behind him into the corner of the net. It was a very good shot, making the Young Boys goalkeeper unable to hold hands Guillaume Faivre looked uncertain about what had happened and Rangnick clenched his fists to celebrate.
At the other end, Henderson was twice in a good starting position to rush out of his area and sweep through United’s new high defence. Just starting his second season, he’s already made a good save Fabian Riederbefore being substituted midway through the second half for Tom Heaton, who made his first appearance in 19 years since he first joined the club.
In midfield, Mata is arranged deep stone next to Donny van de Beek. The Spaniard, who was overlooked for most of the season, used the extra space to show off all his technical prowess. It took only three minutes for him to collect the ball in the center circle and unleash a delicious 40-yard pass to create the first chance for Amad Diallo.
Rangnick says he wants his players to “take control” of the games, and while Mata is determined to carry out those instructions, Wan-Bissaka has had a much more chaotic evening. Had he not squandered good crosses on the right, he would have sent the ball away in the danger zone. He also won’t want to revisit Young Boys’ equalizer; The right-back appeared to be out of breath when Van de Beek sent a pass in his direction for Rieder to cross and score with a swooping cut that sent the ball into the top corner just before half-time.
After Diogo DalotImpressive performances against Arsenal and Crystal Palace, there can be only one person to start the next trip Norwich City on Saturday. It may well be out of Rangnick’s hands anyway after Wan-Bissaka ended the night on a stretcher after colliding with billboards during the game’s final wave of attacks.
Rangnick’s desire to consider all of his options also led him to debut with 18-year-old Charlie Savage – the son of the former Wales International Robbie – and Zidane Iqbal, the first English player of South Asian descent to represent the club.
It is a glimpse into United’s future but Rangnick’s goals, for now, are much more short-term. He got a Champions League round of 16 draw against one of the Paris Saint-Germain, Atlético Madrid, Internazionale, FC Salzburg, Sports CP and Benfica looks forward to the new year and before that a string of winnable Premier League games as he wants to put pressure on the teams at the top.
After taking a closer look at his squad against Young Boys, he can prepare for those games with a clearer idea of the players who can help him make the most of the opportunity to impress. six months in the United hot seat.