Ralf Rangnick made as many as six changes for Manchester United’s home clash against Burnley after a disappointing display against Newcastle

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Ralf Rangnick made as many as six changes for Manchester United ‘s home fixture with Burnley in a bid to bring in some fresh legs and maintain a high level of energy.

Raphael Varane, Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot were all dropped in a defensive change up, while Fred, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes also all make way. The latter was suspended for the fixture regardless.

It means Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw return to the starting XI and Eric Bailly starts alongside Harry Maguire after being recalled from the Ivory Coast.

Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho start after coming off the bench against Newcastle, while Nemanja Matic is handed a rare chance.

United put in a drab performance against Newcastle on Monday so it’s of little surprise to see Rangnick make so many changes.







Ralf Rangnick explains his team changes
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Explaining his decisions prior to kick off, the German said: “Since we only played three days ago in an away game, when we got back very late, in the middle of the night, we could not train very much.

“So we tried to prepare the team in the locker room with regard to what the game plan should look like.

“Tonight is all about energy and raising the energy level. We had that level against Crystal Palace in front of 75,000 fans and this is definitely what we need in tonight’s game.”

Varane made the mistake which led to Allan Saint-Maximin’s seventh minute goal on Monday and, despite Rangnick backing the player since, he has been dropped.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the Frenchman is simply being rested to ensure safe recovery following his recent hamstring injury.

On his decision to choose Cavani up top with Ronaldo, he added: “When Edi came on at half-time at Newcastle, not only did he score the equaliser but he also had another two great opportunities.

“He is in good shape so for me it was logical to play him and Cristiano together. Yes, the other changes are just due to the fact that we only played three days ago. It is all about energy and fresh legs.”






Raphael Varane struggled against Newcastle

United have yet to lose under Rangnick but it feels like a Burnley win is needed following the drab display against Newcastle.

And United’s interim boss knows it will be no easy feat. Speaking of his opposition, he said: “Well, they play a lot of long balls and on average more than 80 long balls in every game, so in the first instance we should try to prevent those long balls.

“But this will not always be possible, so if those long balls are being played it is about who wins the second balls. This is tactically the most important. It is not so much important that you win the first ball, the aerial duel. It is more important that you win the second ball and then it is about transition.”

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