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Four ways Manchester United could line up vs Young Boys

Ralf Rangnick will be hoping to make it two wins out of two as Manchester United manager when Young Boys visit Old Trafford on Wednesday.

The German has already made a positive impact on United as his new methods were clear to see after hardly any time on the training pitch in the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

United are already safely through to the Champions League knockout stages having secured top spot in Group F, so the match will give Rangnick the opportunity to get a look at the rest of his squad who didn’t start against the Eagles.

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However, Rangnick has admitted he has not yet decided how much he will rotate his squad as he also wants to build momentum and avenge the loss United suffered to the Swiss side in the reverse fixture.

He has confirmed there will be two changes though at least, with Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek coming into the fold. Jesse Lingard is available again after an ankle injury ruled him out on Sunday and Luke Shaw may also be in contention after recovering from a concussion.

Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani remain unavailable despite making a step up in their recoveries but Rangnick’s is hopeful both will return to full training on Monday. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial remain sidelined.

Which players should make Rangnick’s starting XI? Here’s how our MEN writers think United should line-up and you can select your own team in the widget below.

Samuel Luckhurst

United need to make as many changes as possible ahead of Norwich. They have just had three games in eight days and the team was unchanged against Crystal Palace. Maintaining that continuity would be logical.

Dean Henderson merits a start, as does Eric Bailly. Victor Lindelof needs a rest more than Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka can come in at right-back as Diogo Dalot should start on Saturday.

Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek are the obvious options as the sixes, with Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard the 10s behind Mason Greenwood and Anthony Elanga.

Ten changes Rich Fay

With nothing to lose Rangnick has full permission to go maverick with his team selection and as such just about every fringe player should get a chance at some point to showcase how they fit into the new-look system.

Bailly is a certainty at centre-back but with Jones unable to be registered for the match he should partner Lindelof with Wan-Bissaka and Telles the two choices at full-back.

Van de Beek will have no problems playing in the wide roles so this match is the perfect chance to trial him in the holding position, with Lingard in his favoured left role and Mata given a rare outing on the right.

Greenwood deserves a start and Elanga is the obvious choice to partner him attack.

Tyrone Marshall

Rangnick has already confirmed that Henderson and Van de Beek will start tonight and they will be two of a number of changes. In fact it’s only injuries that might prevent a clean sweep of 11 changes.

In defence Wan-Bissaka and Bailly can come in, but Lindelof may keep his place and the left-back slot depends on Shaw’s fitness. He was back in training on Tuesday but his return is being handled carefully, which may tip the balance towards Telles.

The midfield selections are tougher to call. Matic and Van de Beek are certainties but if the latter plays a more advanced role then one of McTominay and Fred has to start really. Lingard has to be given a game in the other advanced midfield role.

In attack Greenwood is another certain starter and Elanga’s use off the bench on Sunday suggests Rangnick likes what he sees so he can start what is basically a dead-rubber game.

Dan Murphy

Injuries probably prevent a completely changed starting XI but I would be making as many changes as possible for the dead rubber, so Rangnick can get a good look at the rest of his side and so the players who will likely start at Norwich can get a vital full day of training under their belt on Wednesday.

With centre-back options limited, Lindelof would be my only surviving player from the Palace win, with Bailly coming in for Maguire – who suffered a nasty cut above his eye in the closing stages of the match.

Dan’s team Telles may keep his place, too, if Shaw isn’t fully recovered but otherwise I’d rest both the Brazilian and Dalot since they should remain the first-choice full-back pairing at present.

Elsewhere, it would be really exciting to see both Lingard and Amad play in the wide forward positions, supporting a strike duo of Greenwood and Elanga. There’s so much pace and invention there that it could lead to something really exciting.

As a result, I would like to see Van de Beek play in the middle, alongside Matic, to see if he suits the role and could potentially take McTominay’s spot there.

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