Ralf Rangnick has indicated he will make significant changes to the Manchester United team against Young Boys in their final Champions League group game on Wednesday.
United have already won Group F and travel to Norwich in the Premier League for the 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday, which would allow a clear week of training with first-teamers to prepare for the fixture.
Rangnick began his United tenure in his favoured 4-2-2-2 formation and the likelihood is United will remain in that system against Young Boys to restore continuity to a team that suffered an identity crisis under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
An issue Rangnick has is United could have six absences to contend with as Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard sustained training injuries on the eve of the win over Crystal Palace on Sunday. Luke Shaw (concussion), Raphael Varane (hamstring), Paul Pogba (thigh), and Edinson Cavani (hamstring) have been sidelined recently.
Clubs are permitted to name 23-man matchday squads in Uefa competition but Phil Jones, without an appearance in almost two years, was not included in United’s Champions League squad and teenager Hannibal Mejbri is on international duty with Tunisia at the Arab Cup. Anthony Elanga and Teden Mengi could be involved against Young Boys.
“It’s perfectly possible we bring some fresh players because the next game is coming up on Saturday, an away game at Norwich,” Rangnick said. “It is possible, we will speak about that tomorrow at Carrington.
“The problem is we can only play players who are in the Champions League list. For example, Phil Jones, whom I would love to give game-time on Wednesday after his long-term injury, unfortunately, he is not on the list, so we have to put our focus on players who will be allowed to play.
“It is possible, I don’t know if we play a completely new 10 players because I don’t know if we have enough players on the list but it’s definitely possible we could play with some new players.”
United can add academy players to their Champions League squad B list 24 hours before kick-off.