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MANCHESTER UNITED drew 1-1 with Young Boys as they wrapped up their Champions League group.

Ralf Rangnick fielded an experimental line up for the clash, and gave debuts to Robbie Savage's son Charlie plus Zidane Iqbal.

Though the match ended with Aaron Wan Bissaka being carried off on a stretcher after suffering an arm injury on the final whistle.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Dean Henderson is reportedly a target for Dutch giants Ajax.

The England stopper has been unable to displace David De Gea as No1 at United and is keen for first team opportunities.

And former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has been linked to the managerial post at Old Trafford, but the Italian national manager has distanced himself from the role.

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  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS!

    Ralf’s own youngsters didn’t quite have enough to see off the visiting Young Boys last night.

    Granted, Mason Greenwood showed why ex-boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once labelled him as the best finisher at the club with an exquisite opening goal.

    But United’s second-string never quite hit their stride at Old Trafford.

    The Swiss visitors inflicted one of the many embarrassing defeats of the Solskjaer era back in September.

    And they hit back last night just before half-time to earn a 1-1 draw at the Theatre of Dreams.

    The result makes no difference to United’s Champions League campaign this season – given they had already qualified as Group F winners.

    But there will be a few Red Devils hoping to catch Ragnick’s eye who would have wanted a different result last night.

    One good news story though – young Charlie Savage, son of United youth product Robbie, did get some minutes late on.

  • Tristan Barclay

    MAN UTD 1 YOUNG BOYS 1

    Mason Greenwood staked his claim for a starting spot in the Premier League this weekend with a spectacular goal against Young Boys.

    Manager Ralf Rangnick said this game was a chance for everyone outside of last Sunday’s first team to show him what they can do.

    His predecessor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knew what Greenwood could do, which is why he labelled him the best finisher in the club.

    New boss Rangnick got a close up look of it too as the 20-year-old put Manchester United ahead in this Group F Champions League encounter.

    Donny van de Beek was another hoping to catch Rangnick’s eye.

    It was thought that if anyone was going to benefit from Solskjaer’s departure it was him.

    But he bungled his big chance in front of his new boss as he tried a cleverer pass than was needed to Aaron Wan Bissaka.

    He wasn’t ready, the pass was reckless and Fabian Rieder was on to it curling a shot into the far top corner from just outside the area.

    The game meant little to United as they had already secured top spot in Group F, but Young Boys can still qualify depending on the result in the postponed Atalanta vs Villarreal clash.

  • Tristan Barclay

    GREEN HOUSE

    MASON GREENWOOD netted an acrobatic wondergoal as United scored their first in Europe under new boss Rangnick.

    The German oversaw a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on his managerial bow with the Red Devils at the weekend.

    He rang the changes for Wednesday’s Champions League group stage clash against Young Boys.

    Having already booked their spot as group winners, Rangnick handed starts to numerous fringe players including Juan Mata, Amad Diallo and Jesse Lingard.

    Greenwood was also given a rare chance as United’s central striker – and he repaid Rangnick’s faith with just nine minutes on the clock.

    A break from United down the left saw Luke Shaw receive the ball outside the Young Boys’ penalty area.

    He swept a great ball across the box to find Greenwood unmarked in the centre.

    Despite several opponents standing nearby, Greenwood turned side-on as he made contact with ball, resulting in a glorious acrobatic volley.

  • Tristan Barclay

    SNOW GO

    ATALANTA’S Champions League tie with Villarreal was called off due to a snowstorm – with the showdown for a last-16 place set back to Thursday.

    The two sides returned to the snow-laden pitch to applaud their fans for turning out after the fierce blizzard meant play was impossible.

    Ref Anthony Taylor sheltered under an umbrella as he inspected the pitch

    Whoever wins the clash will finish Group F runners-up to Manchester United.

    And football chiefs intend to play what will be the final group match of this year’s tournament 24 hours later.

    Referee Anthony Taylor was covered by an umbrella as he inspected the pitch, with his fellow officials smiling.

    And kick-off was initially put back 20 minutes before Taylor bowed to the elements and postponed the crucial encounter.

  • Tristan Barclay

    FEET ON THE GROUND

    Rio Ferdinand has praised interim boss Ralf Rangnick for orchestrating the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, but vows to not ‘get carried away’ again.

    The German took charge of just one training session before naming his first United team.

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand is keeping his expectations low

    And according to legend Ferdinand, Rangnick’s influence is already visible after the win.

    But the former captain is keen to not get too carried away over Rangnick like he did when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over on a short-term basis.

    Ferdinand called for Solskjaer to be given the full-time job after United‘s Champions League win over Paris Saint-Germain back in 2019.

    United largely controlled the game against Palace as they shaped up with a 4-2-2-2, and the dominating performance was capped off by a Fred wonder strike.

    On Rangnick’s influence, Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “I think a continuation of what we’ve seen against Palace.

    “We won’t get carried away, it’s been one game and maybe a training session. But there were noticeable differences and changes to the team, the structure of it, the way they pressed as a team – that’s the important point.

    “Fred with the winner with his right foot, he’s the last person you’d expect to score; Ronaldo tried to header it in on its way in.

    “I think Rangnick has come in and you can see the differences in terms of intensity, working from a structure, working from a base.

    “He keeps saying he wants to get a good balance between attacking with the ball and without.”

  • Tristan Barclay

    TONIGHT’S ACTION

    Manchester United face Young Boys in their final Champions League group game at Old Trafford tonight.

    The Red Devils have made a raft of changes with qualification to the knockout stages already secured.

    Follow SunSport’s liveblog here for all the action from the Theatre of Dreams.

  • Tristan Barclay

    THAT’S MY BOYS!

    Ralf Rangnick stayed behind after Manchester United training to put the club’s own Young Boys through their paces ahead of tonight’s game.

    And four of the academy’s rising stars could be handed first-team debuts this evening against the brilliantly-named Swiss side.

    The Red Devils know the pressure is off at Old Trafford because they have already topped Group F with a game to spare in the Champions League.

    That could see wholesale changes from Rangnick, especially with the hectic Christmas schedule around the corner.

    As reported by the Manchester Evening News, Rangnick stayed on at Carrington while 13 first-team stars were taken to The Hyatt hotel this afternoon to make the final preparations for tonight’s game.

    The German remained at the training ground working with the likes of Bjorn Hardley, Charlie Wellens, Charlie Savage, Sam Mather, Zidane Iqbal and Shola Shoretire, who were named in the squad list for the Young Boys clash.

    Mather, 17, is not expected to be involved after being named in the starting XI for the Under-19s Youth League game.

    However, the rest look on course to be in the matchday team – with four set for debuts.

  • Tristan Barclay

    NEW ZIZOU

    Manchester United wonderkid Zidane Iqbal is set to feature against Young Boys tonight after starring for the club’s youth team.

    The talented attacking midfielder, 18, joins Robbie Savage’s son Charlie in United’s matchday squad for Wednesday’s game

    Zidane Iqbal has represented Iraq at under-23 level

    The academy pair are set to have spots on the bench and could get some minutes if the scoreline is firmly in boss Ralf Rangnick’s favour.

    Manchester-born Iqbal, who has represented Iraq U23s, has a ‘great attitude’, according to his former Sale United youth team coach.

    The youngster was reportedly so good he would have to be subbed off as ‘it wasn’t fair’ on his opponents.

    United take on Young Boys tonight already secured top spot in Champions League Group F.

    But they will be out for revenge after suffering defeat by the Swiss outfit back in September.

  • Tristan Barclay

    TELL ALL

    United left-back Alex Telles has been interviewed by MUTV and he was quick to point out the hard work his side have put in to seal Champions League qualification.

    The Red Devils are already through to the knockout stage but tonight have a chance to avenge their earlier defeat by Group F rivals Young Boys.

    Alex Telles moved to Old Trafford from Porto last year

    Telles has caught the eye with recent performances as stand-in for the crocked Luke Shaw.

    And the Brazilian has paid tribute to the desire in the team to this point in their European campaign.

    He said: “After the defeat against Young Boys, I really believe that our mental strength and hard work were key. There’s nothing more important than hard work.

    “When we dedicate ourselves to our work, things happen.

    “There are games that don’t go well, like the game against Young Boys.

    “I believe it was the players’ desire, everyone’s mental strength, and the main goal of winning the Champions League.

    “I think this goal together with our desire to get to the final meant we bounced back in the remaining games and started winning again.”

  • Tristan Barclay

    RIGHT SAID FRED

    Liverpool legend John Barnes has been running the rule over the Reds’ arch-rivals Manchester United and their new boss Ralf Rangnick.

    The German tactician is famous as the godfather of the pressing game.

    Fred moved to United from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018

    United midfielder Fred has long been the target of criticism at Old Trafford but seems to have come into his own in Rangnick’s high-energy philosophy.

    And Barnes reckons the Brazilian will feel vindicated as his team-mates’ shortcomings are now exposed.

    He told BonusCodeBets: “I’ve always liked Fred and he has not been the problem at Man United, it’s been the other four strikers that have been playing, whatever combination of Ronaldo, Rashford, Fernandes and Greenwood. 

    “It is the strikers working with Fred and Scott McTominay that need to supplement them with attacking pressure.  

    “It doesn’t matter who you are, even Jordan Henderson and Fabinho, you cannot do what you do if the front three are not working hard to press and close down. That is why Liverpool are a much more balanced team. 

    “I have never had an issue with Fred and McTominay nor the defence because they need everyone in the team to be working hard and that is what they did against Crystal Palace.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    DON’T PRESS

    Paul Ince reckons Ralf Rangnick can get the best out of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United.

    As long as Rangnick doesn’t ask the 36-year-old veteran to press too much, he will produce goals for the Red Devils.

    Ince told the Mirror: “Ronaldo is 36 years of age, he still has a great physique but you can’t ask him to press from one centre-half to another.

    “If he did that when he gets the ball, he would be too knackered to do anything.

    “What Rangnick has done, he’s made the team compact so when they are pressing, they’ve put some alongside Ronaldo like [Marcus] Rashford.

    “Ronaldo can press five, ten yards. He’s not asking Ronaldo to press 20, 30 yards.

    “What you saw at the weekend is he could do that. As long as the team is compact and press together then that will suit Ronaldo.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    IT’S EASY

    Kylian Mbappe has switched allegiance in the GOAT debate from Cristiano Ronaldo to Lionel Messi.

    The French star previously revealed he preferred Manchester United ace Ronaldo but having played with Messi at Paris Saint-Germain, he appears to have had a change of heart.

    Mbappe scored twice in the first eight minutes as PSG beat Club Brugge 4-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday.

    Messi scored twice more to complete the thrashing and after the match, Mbappe, 22, heaped praise on the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner.

    He said: “It’s easy to play with Lionel Messi.

    “He’s the best player in the world.

    “He won the Ballon d’Or a few days ago, he scored two goals today and he is happy.”

    Mbappe’s apparent change of stance came after he labelled Ronaldo the GOAT and his idol in 2020.

  • Justin Lawrence

    NOT EASY

    Manchester United ace Nemanja Matic has admitted that the past few days training with new boss Ralf Rangnock hasn’t been easy.

    United’s stars have only been able to work with Rangnick for the past few days ahead of their Champions League tie against Young Boys.

    And trying to implement the German’s new style of play in a short space of time has been tricky.

    Matic told ManUnited.com: “We are training with him only a couple of days and we didn’t have enough time to understand more of this but we could in the last couple of days the way he wants to play and I’m sure in the future the team will play more in his way.

    “After a couple of days it’s very difficult but I’m sure step by step everyone will see his ideas on the pitch because we still have to understand everything that he wants from us.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    FESTIVE BLOW

    Football fans are set to be forced to show “vaccine passport” to enter grounds from this weekend.

    The Government is understood to be on the verge of confirming it is adopting its Covid “Plan B” in a bid to stop the spread of the new Omicron variant.

    That will see people needing to prove they are double vaccinated to enter public buildings as well as working from home directives and more mask-wearing rules.

    And football will feel the immediate effect with clubs expected to enforce the new rules or prevent supporters entering grounds.

    Premier League clubs were warned of the likely imposition of the new regulations during last Friday’s virtual “shareholder” meeting.

    League officials explained that extra measures were likely to be brought in before Christmas, adding to the pressures on clubs.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAR-SULK

    Alan Shearer has compared Manchester United star Anthony Martial’s attitude to that of ex-Liverpool ace Nicolas Anelka.

    Anelka was labelled ‘Le Sulk’ for his moody demeanour during his footy career, and Shearer reckons he can see the same traits in Martial.

    Shearer asked Gary Lineker on the Match Of The Day podcast: “Do you think, when you look at his attitude, you see a bit of Martial in him?,” to which Lineker replied: “Bit moody?”

    Shearer continued: “I don’t mean this as a comparison ability-wise, Anelka was a lot better, no doubt about it.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    MOTOR FRED

    Manchester United left-back Alex Telles has praised team-mate Fred as the club’s driving force.

    Fred’s been unplayable in the last few weeks for United, leading Telles to label him a ‘motorzinho’ – a Brazilian term for engine.

    Speaking to ManUnited.Com, Telles raved: “In Brazil, we call players like this motorzinhos. They are the team’s engine, playing deep and looking to recover the ball.

    “I think he had a key role in the game against Villarreal – the two goals we scored came from Fred’s ball recoveries.

    “We know how important he is for the team and I’m really happy for him.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    TOUGH GAME

    Nemanja Matic expects Young Boys to give Manchester United a hard game in the Champions League tonight.

    United have already qualified for the knockout stages of the competition but Matic thinks Young Boys are capable of staging an upset.

    So the midfielder revealed the Red Devils wont be taking them lightly.

    He told ManUnited.com: “Yeah, they are a good team. It’s not the first time we played against them, [we did] a couple of years ago.

    “We played against them and I remember we had some difficulties.

    “They are a good squad, a good club, so we expect a very hard game and I think we are prepared very well. We know what we can expect, so our approach will be good, I’m sure.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    HANNIBAL SELECTOR

    Hannibal Mejbri is starring on international duty for Tunisia and now Manchester United fans want to see Ralf Rangnick give him a chance.

    The 18-year-old midfielder put in a man-of-the-match display against the United Arab Emirates on Monday in the inaugural Fifa Arab Cup.

    Urging interim manager Rangnick to get the player involved in the first team, one user tweeted: “Bring Hannibal Mejbri into the first team and that midfield is fixed. I dare say it.”

    Another remarked: “I want to see this lad given a chance in the 2nd half of the season along with Amad [Diallo]. They are brilliant talents.”

    A third added: “I think Rangnick will give more chance to youth players. Hope this guy will get it.

  • Justin Lawrence

    SUPER SUB

    Rio Ferdinand has compared Divock Origi to a few of his old Manchester United team-mates after the Belgian’s late heroics for Liverpool.

    Origi was on song last night to help the Reds maintain their 100% record in the Champions League against AC Milan.

    And Ferdinand had to admit that Origi reminded him of United super subs Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Javier Hernandez who used to come on and help the Red Devils seal victories with crucial goals.

    Ferdinand told BT Sport: “I’ve played with players that have done what he does coming off the bench, the Chicaritos, the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s.

    “The appreciation for them within the squad, all the players love players like that because you need them – they’re so integral if you’re going to win multiple competitions.

    “You need people to be able to come off the bench and have an impact.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    YOUNG AT HEART

    Manchester United have promoted six youngsters to their first team squad for tonight’s Champions League clash with Young Boys, including Robbie Savage’s son.

    Charlie Savage is among the six young hopefuls looking to impress Ralf Rangnick.

    And dad Robbie is proud as punch.

    The former Wales star tweeted: “Today is probably the proudest day of my life.”

    Also in contention to feature are Bjorn Hardley, Charlie Wellens, Zidane Iqbal, Sam Mather and Shola Shoretire.

  • Justin Lawrence

    STRETCH THE RULES

    Ralf Rangnick has been fighting for 15 YEARS to change one of the most fundamental rules in football – the size of the goal.

    The Manchester United boss, 63, is well-known as a revolutionary within the beautiful game.

    His pioneering tactics – considered the father of Gegenpress – has helped influence a generation of managers, including Jurgen Klopp and Thomas Tuchel.

    But Rangnick isn’t content to just change the way footballers play, he wants to change the very game itself.

    Incredibly, the German chief wants to make the goals BIGGER – claiming humans are, on average, 10cm bigger than when the dimensions of the goalposts were drawn up.

  • Justin Lawrence

    WERN HIS WAY IN

    Ralf Rangnick’s new sports psychologist at Manchester United is Chelsea star and rumoured club transfer target Timo Werner’s future father in law.

    Sascha Lense has been roped in by Rangnick as he aims to turn United into Prem champions.

    And Lense may also be able to persuade Werner to join the Red Devils revolution as the striker is with his daughter Paula.

    Rangnick is reportedly keen on Blues star Werner who he also coached at RB Leipzig, according to BILD.

  • Justin Lawrence

    ‘PICK HIS PUNCHES’

    Rio Ferdinand insists Ralf Rangnick will adapt Manchester United’s tactics to accommodate Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The German coach took charge of the Red Devils last week and will look to implement his famous ‘gegenpress’ at Old Trafford.

    Many have doubted whether the veteran Portuguese legend will be able to fit into Rangnick’s style.

    But the forward’s former United team-mate Ferdinand has no doubts that the boss will work around the ‘superstar’.

    Speaking to BT Sport, he said: “He’ll be adapting his tactics to suit a superstar like Cristiano Ronaldo. 

    “Don’t forget that at Schalke he had another superstar in Raul, who was another ageing superstar, and he adapted things to make sure he could accommodate a player of that calibre and class.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    SQUAD CHANGES

    Ralf Rangnick has revealed that he plans to get to know his squad in Manchester United’s Champions League tie against Young Boys.

    Rangnick has made 11 changes to his team that beat Crystal Palace and says he’s done so to give the stars who didn’t get to play in the Prem clash a chance to shine in Europe.

    And with United’s hectic Xmas schedule on the horizon, Rangnick thinks rotation is good for the team.

    He told Man United.com: “Yes. This is one issue: that I want to get to know the other players. The ones who haven’t played against Crystal Palace.

    “And it’s also wise, at this stage of the season, with the crowded fixture list of the next few weeks and months, to rest a few players.

    “Because, as we saw, the way that we played against Palace was high intensity. It’s not so easy to play on that level with the same group of players every three days and therefore, for me, it absolutely makes sense to do some sort of rotation.

    “Even more so in a game that we still want to win – that’s our ethos: we want to win games at Manchester United – but it’s not that much at stake for us, and therefore it makes sense to give some other players the chance to present themselves.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    BELL RANG

    Manchester United take on Young Boys in the Champions League tonight.

    The Red Devils have already qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League, which allows Ralf Rangnick to heavily rotate his team.

    And the 63-year-old German has CONFIRMED that keeper Dean Henderson and outcast midfielder Donny van de Beek WILL start the match.

    The trio of Edinson Cavani, Raphael Varane and Anthony Martial have all been ruled out for the game as they continue their recoveries from injury.

    Just TWO who started in the 1-0 Premier League win over Crystal Palace could keep their place.

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