Ralf Rangnick names Man United player he would ‘love’ to play more often

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick says Mason Greenwood is a ‘very gifted’ player that he would ‘love’ to pick more often.

The forward started on the bench for the the German’s first game in charge against Crystal Palace on Sunday but he came on to set-up Fred for the winner in the 1-0 victory.

Rangnick named an unchanged side from the team that beat Arsenal on Thursday, though the German opted to play with a 4-2-2-2 system.

That formation should provide more opportunities for players like Greenwood, who is more at home in a central role than the right-flank position that he played under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

And though Rangnick said Greenwood would have to earn his opportunities, he said he would ‘love’ to pick the forward more often as he’s such an admirer of his.

‘Mason [Greenwood] did so well at the start of the season,’ said Rangnick.

‘I think he scored three or four goals in the first three games, he’s a very gifted homegrown player and I would love to give him more game-time in the future.

‘But, of course, he has to deserve his game-time in training and, therefore, it was good to have him on the bench and bring him on the pitch.’

Greenwood could be given a chance to start against Young Boys this week given United are already through to the last-16 of the Champions League.

Victory in Michael Carrick’s first game in charge sealed United’s path through to the knockout stages but they need to avoid defeat against the Swiss side to ensure they finish top of their group.

Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to be rested after playing twice in three days, while Donny van de Beek will be hoping for a rare start.