Ralf Rangnick chose to bench four players from the team that featured in the 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in midweek for the game against Watford on Saturday, with the likes of Harry Maguire, Jadon Sancho, Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford, all dropped
In their stead, Anthony Elanga, Alex Telles, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nemanja Matic were all starters, and when asked to break down the reason for his decision, the boss told club media, “It’s our third game in six days, we only came back very late Thursday night.
“So it was about fresh people, fresh energy, fresh legs and also a little bit due to the things that we need tactically against this team.
“We have to control the game in possession and at the same time make sure that they don’t get transitional moments – this is their biggest weapon and this is the way that they try to play.”
Rangnick’s gamble didn’t pay off, unfortunately, as Man United played out a goalless draw with the Hornets at Old Trafford, and slipped up in the race for top four.