Man United interim boss Ralf Rangnick could choose tonight amid rotational defender Teden Mengi

Man United interim boss Ralf Rangnick could pick highly regarded defender Teden Mengi in tonight’s rotation against Young Boys, with former captain and Derby boss Wayne Rooney describing the 19-year-old as ‘fantastic’

  • Manchester United defender Teden Mengi could play against Young Boys
  • United have already secured first place and Ralf Rangnick will rotate tonight
  • Derby boss said Mengi was ‘fantastic’ for him at the end of last season
  • Mengi has only played one league game for the Man Utd first team


Ralf Rangnick could hand a full Manchester United debut to defender Teden Mengi for tonight’s Champions League death-rubber against Young Boys at Old Trafford.

United have already been secured first place in their group and United’s interim boss will pass on the changes, with Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek both confirming they will start.

Before a busy holiday season, the German might be tempted to make big 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) was able to make his first competitive start for the club against Young Boys

Mengi (yellow bib) was able to 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 Austria’s LASK.

But he was loaned out to Derby in the second half of last season and impressed Wayne Rooney in the Championship.

“He’s been fantastic for us and we’ve seen him grow every 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 that he can play at this level.”

Ex-Man United captain Wayne Rooney tried to bring Mengi back to Derby in the summer

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 situation prevented that move.

Rangnick has told his fringe players that tonight is a ‘chance to perform’ in the Champions League.

Jesse Lingard and Anthony Elanga could also be named in the starting lineup by the United boss.

Ralf Rangnick has told his Man Utd fringe players tonight is a 'chance to perform'

Ralf Rangnick has told his Man Utd fringe players tonight is a ‘chance to perform’

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