Ralph Rangnick has indicated that he will make major changes to Manchester United’s squad against the Young Boys in their final Champions League group stage match on Wednesday.
United have already won Group F and travel to Norwich in the Premier League at 5:30pm on Saturday, which will allow for a clear week of training with the first-team players to prepare for the match.
Rangnick started his tenure with United with his favorite 4-2-2-2 formation, and United will likely stay in this system against Young Boys to restore continuity to a team that suffered an identity crisis under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
One problem Rangnick has is that United could lose six absences to contend with as Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard both sustained injuries in training on the eve of Sunday’s win over Crystal Palace. Luke Shaw (concussion), Raphael Varane (hamstring), Paul Pogba (groin) and Edinson Cavani (hamstring) have been sidelined recently.
Clubs are allowed to name 23-man teams in UEFA competitions, but Phil Jones, who has not played for nearly two years, has not been included in the Champions League squad, and young Hannibal Mejbri is performing an international assignment with Tunisia in the Arab Cup. Anthony Elanga and Teden Minji could play against Young Boys.
“It is quite possible that we will bring in some new players because the next game is on Saturday at Norwich,” Rangnick said. “It’s possible, we’ll talk about that tomorrow at Carrington.
“The problem is that we can only play players who are on the Champions League list. For example, Phil Jones, whom I would like to give game time on Wednesday after his long-term injury, unfortunately, is not on the list, so we have to focus our focus on the players who will allow them to play.
“It’s possible, I don’t know if we’re going to play 10 new players completely because I don’t know if we have enough players on the roster, but it’s definitely possible that we can play with some new players.”
United can add academy players to their Champions League B-team squad 24 hours before kick-off.