Rangnick proves programme notes aren’t just talk with Elanga and Amad decisions

Ralf Rangnick has named a completely different Man Utd starting XI to the one who saw off Crystal Palace with Anthony Elanga and Amad Diallo both getting chances to show their quality

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Ralf Rangnick has named Anthony Elanga and Amad Diallo in his second starting XI as Manchester United boss.

The German took charge of his first game at the weekend as the Red Devils saw off Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.

Now he has the luxury of ringing the changes by virtue of United already qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Rangnick has done exactly that by naming an XI that consists of young and fringe players, many of whom struggled for opportunities under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The 63-year-old stated in his programme notes before the Young Boys clash that everyone would be a chance to impress – and looks to have backed that up by selecting the likes of Amad and Elanga.

He wrote: “There will be chances for everybody to stake a claim. What I want to see is every single player striving to make the most of every chance they get.

“If everybody does that everybody benefits and we will keep moving in the right direction.”

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Amad will play for the first time this season

Amad has been out injured, which curtailed a summer loan move away, but will get a chance in attack.

His only goal for the Red Devils has come in Europe when he headed home against AC Milan last term.

Elanga scored in United’s win over Wolves on the final day of last season but has only been afforded two substitute appearances thus far.

Mason Greenwood is another attacking player handed a chance to impress.

Jesse Lingard, who is out of contract in the summer, will also start alongside Dutchman Donny van de Beek.

Eric Bailly will start in defence as full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw are both recalled.

The Ivorian is the only natural centre-half named in the XI which may suggest Rangnick will go with a back three.

Dean Henderson saw his hopes of usurping David de Gea this season hampered by a dose of Covid in the summer, but he will play in between the sticks at Old Trafford.

Ralf Rangnick said all of his players would get a chance to impress

Nemanja Matic will captain the team in Europe.

The Serbian said yesterday: “It’s a great opportunity for everyone. Yeah, we are through and top of the group, but we want to finish in the best possible way with the three points in front of our supporters at Old Trafford.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to show our qualities and to show the manager that we have quality to play and that we deserve to play of course.”

Rangnick also added: “I have to get to know the players first in the next couple of weeks in order to finally assess them. Right now, I am more than happy to have all of them on board and I will try to give them as much game time as possible.”

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