Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has welcomed the display of ‘huge talent’ Mason Greenwood and now wants to help him develop physically and mentally.
Wednesday’s Champions League meeting against Young Boys was a dead rubber as United were already assured of their place in the round of 16 draw as Group F winners.
This gave Rangnick the opportunity to make 11 changes for his second game as interim boss, the local United striker shining the most and scoring an outstanding acrobatic volley first game in a forgettable 1-1 draw. .
“I think today he also showed not only the quality thanks to this great goal, but also the way he created the opportunity for Juan Mata was brilliant,” said the German.
âHe’s a huge talent – left foot, right foot, good with the ball. Also the way he set Fred’s goal on Sunday, so it’s about continuity.
“He has to develop physically but technically for his age, he’s a great player. My job is to develop him, to make him an athlete and if he succeeds, he can become a regular player for this club.”
Rangnick knows a thing or two about the world’s best young forwards, having helped bring Erling Haaland to RB Salzburg – one of United’s potential opponents in the round of 16 – when he worked for Red Bull as sporting officer and development.
“He’s a different kind of attacker,” he said when asked how the Norwegian striker compared to Greenwood in terms of his abilities.
âErling, to me, is a target attacker, who can play as a single attacker like a target man or with another attacker in a 4-4-2. I think Mason is more of a nine-and-a-half. He can play like attacker, he can also come from the wing, he can play with another attacker and he is very technical, left foot, right foot.
âAnd like I said, sometimes he doesn’t look athletic. I think we have to develop him there physically, but technically all he can do with the ball is exceptional.
âSo I’m not that worried about his technical level. We have to develop him physically and mentally to become the stronger version of himself.
“And if we succeed, he can become a regular player and a valuable player for our club in the future.”
United couldn’t rely on Greenwood’s beautiful volley, 19-year-old Fabian Rieder scoring an exceptional equalizer as Young Boys capitalized on a sloppy game.
6 – Manchester United presented six teenagers tonight, only the fifth time in a Champions League game history and the second time against an English side, following Arsenal against Olympiakos in December 2009. Youngboys.
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 8, 2021
Donny van de Beek and Aaron Wan-Bissaka were involved, the latter ending the night receiving treatment from billboards.
“He received two hits – unfortunately another one to the wrist and the other to the knee,” Rangnick said of the right-back, who was sidelined with a wrist problem.
“He’s been treated now in the locker room, but we have to wait and see what the situation looks like around those two shots tomorrow. But I’m sure he can practice again the day after tomorrow and hopefully be part of the squad against Norwich (Saturday). “
When is the draw for the last 16?
The draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League will take place in Nyon, Switzerland on Monday, December 13.
The round of 16 will be spread over different weeks, with the first leg matches taking place on February 15-16 and February 22-23.
The return matches will then take place on March 8-9 and March 15-16.
Manchester United visit Norwich in the Premier League on Saturday night football; coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. with kick-off at 5:30 p.m.