The new acting manager has not been in the hot seat since returning to RB Leipzig for a season in 2018-19, where he mostly stuck to a back four but was not afraid to go to a back three if necessary and would do it over and over. change the disposition of his midfield and his attack.
Only time will tell which formation Rangnick believes will get the most out of their players, but with little time on the training ground before the game with Crystal Palace, he might just stick with a formation that l The team is used to it as he settles into the role.
The German was also crippled for his first England game as he will definitely be without Raphael Varane, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani, while Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are dubious.
Being without six key players is far from ideal, so Rangnick may not be able to immediately put much of his own spin to the side.
In fact, he could name a virtually unchanged starting XI to whoever beat Arsenal in a 3-2 thriller on Thursday.
With Diogo Dalot and Alex Telles both making good backups at the back, there is no reason for either to be dropped even if Shaw and Wan-Bissaka are available. Likewise, the center-back partnership between Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof is the strongest they have.
Fred had two assists against Arsenal as he continues to enjoy solid form so he shouldn’t be abandoned but there could be a change to his side in midfield.
With Rangnick’s renowned attacking style, he might prefer another more forward-thinking player in the midfield, which could give Donny van de Beek a rare start. It would also be a good sign from the manager to show the players that everyone is off to a good start and will have a chance.
The front line will likely remain unchanged, however. Rangnick has previously spoken about the quality of Cristiano Ronaldo and his enthusiasm to work with Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford. As a result, all, with Bruno Fernandes, could stay on the side.
Man United predict XI against Crystal Palace: de Géa; Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; Fred, VandeBeek; Sancho, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo.
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