Ralf Rangnick successfully conducts fact-finding mission as Man Utd stars left out

United’s supporting cast were unable to get Rangnick the win to maintain his 100 percent record, but this was more of a fact-finding mission for the German, a night when the result was irrelevant

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In pictures: Man Utd v Young Boys

This was a night when the Young Boys of Switzerland showed the young boys of Manchester United they still have much to learn.

Interim boss Ralf Rangnick gave youth a chance, as he changed his line-up completely, with United already through to the last 16 as group winners.

United’s supporting cast were unable to get Rangnick the win to maintain his 100 percent record, but this was more of a fact-finding mission for the German, a night when the result was irrelevant.

Rangnick was true to his word, making 11 changes from the side that beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in his first game in charge and giving a night off to all of those who were involved in the win.

No Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford, David De Gea or skipper Harry Maguire, all of whom were rested ahead of Saturday evening’s trip to Norwich.

Rangnick got to know all about the squad at his disposal


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Seven academy graduates made their Champions League debuts, while there were first-team bows for Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal, both 18, and 35-year-old goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 20 years after first joining United.

But it was another youngster, Mason Greenwood, 20, who was the stand-out performer, his superb display giving the next generation of United stars something to aspire to emulate.

In this kind of irresistible form, Greenwood is unplayable and deserves to partner Ronaldo up front at Carrow Road on Saturday, replacing Marcus Rashford.

United took the lead in the ninth minute, a slick move involving Nemanja Matic, Lingard, Elanga and Luke Shaw, finished off with an acrobatic volley from Greenwood.

The move that led to the goal was as impressive as the strike itself, Shaw’s cross arriving behind Greenwood, who adjusted his body to meet the ball on the volley and dispatch it into the net.

United should have doubled their lead on the half-hour, but Amad Diallo’s first touch was poor and with it the chance to score went.

Mason Greenwood used the chance to show Rangnick his qualities



On the rare occasion the visitors got sight of the United goal early on, Dean Henderson was there to deny them, saving an effort from Fabian Rieder, although the ball was sent straight at him.

Mata saw a goal-bound effort blocked by a combination of Young Boys skipper Fabian Lustenberger and goalkeeper Guillaume Faivre, as United pressed for a second goal.

Young Boys drew level three minutes before the break, a sloppy pass on the edge of his own area from Donny van de Beek was seized upon by Rieder, who applied a curling finish past Henderson.

Charlie Savage, son of Robbie, came on for his Manchester United debut


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United should have restored their lead just before the hour, when Lingard put Elanga through on goal, but his angled effort was blocked by Faivre.

The Swiss champions missed a fine chance to take the lead with 15 minutes left, when Quentin Maceiras steered a shot just wide from just outside the six-yard box.

Teden Mengi and Shola Shoretire came off the bench, as did Savage, Iqbal and Heaton, but there was to be no repeat win for Rangnick, although the United boss now knows more about the players at his disposal.

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