Man United interim boss Ralf Rangnick could pick highly-rated defender Teden Mengi amid rotation tonight against Young Boys, with former captain and Derby boss Wayne Rooney describing 19-year-old as ‘fantastic’
- Manchester United defender Teden Mengi could feature against Young Boys
- United have already secured top spot and Ralf Rangnick will rotate this evening
- Derby boss said Mengi was ‘fantastic’ for him on loan at the end of last season
- Mengi has only made one competitive appearance for Man Utd’s first-team
Ralf Rangnick could hand a full Manchester United debut to defender Teden Mengi for tonight’s Champions League dead-rubber against Young Boys at Old Trafford.
United are already guaranteed top spot in their group and United’s interim boss is set to ring the changes, with Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek both confirmed to start.
Ahead of a busy festive period, the German may be tempted to make wholesale changes and if so, 19-year-old Mengi could make his first competitive start for the club.
Ralf Rangnick could hand a full Manchester United debut to 19-year-old defender Teden Mengi
Mengi (yellow bib) could make his first competitive start for the club against Young Boys
Mengi made his only competitive appearance for the first-team in August 2020 against Austrian side LASK.
But he went to Derby on loan for the second half of last season and impressed Wayne Rooney in the Championship.
‘He has been fantastic for us and we’ve seen him grow with each game,’ Rooney said when Mengi’s season was cut short in April due to injury.
‘I feel he has improved a lot and he has shown he can play at this level.’
Ex-Man United captain Wayne Rooney tried to bring Mengi back to Derby in the summer
Rooney tried to bring Mengi back to Derby in the summer but the club’s financial predicament scuppered that move.
Rangnick has told his fringe players that tonight represents a ‘chance to perform’ in the Champions League.
Jesse Lingard and Anthony Elanga could also be named in the starting XI by the United boss.
Ralf Rangnick has told his Man Utd fringe players that tonight represents a ‘chance to perform’
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