Ralf Rangnick used 6 players for a dozen years when Manchester United met Young Boys, who was Zidane Iqbal?


Ralf Rangnick made many surprises when Manchester United met Young Boys on matchday 6 of the 2021/2022 Champions League group stage . Rangnick dared to play six players who were still in their teens.

The match against Young Boys is actually no longer decisive for United. After all, they have already qualified for the Round of 16. In the duel at Old Trafford, Thursday (9/12/2021) early morning WIB, United drew 1-1.

MU took the lead quickly through Mason Greenwood’s goal in the 9th minute, but Young Boys could equalize through Fabian Rieder’s goal in the 42nd minute.

Rangnick played a lot of back-up players in this duel such as Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard. But, in the spotlight, Rangnick played sixteen-year-old players. Who are they? Siak below, Bolaneters :

Anthony Elanga
Position: Striker/Winger
Age: 19 years old
Status: Academy player

Elanga has scored four goals in eight games for Manchester United U-23 this season. That record impressed Rangnick and played him since the early minutes of the duel against Young Boys.

Elanga has made his debut in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era. Last season, the Swede scored a goal in a duel against Wolves in the last weekend of the Premier League.

Mengi Week
Position: Central Defender
Age: 19
Status: Academy player

Teden Mengi can play as a center back or wing back. In the duel against Young Boys, the 19-year-old played in the 61st minute to replace Luke Shaw.

Wheezing has long received attention. He is considered a potential future player. In the age group, Mengi is almost always trusted as United’s captain.

Last season, Mengi was loaned out to Derby County at the request of Wayne Rooney. This season, Mengi was actually asked by Derby but was not released by United.

Amad Diallo
Position: Winger
Age: 19 years
Status: Purchased from Atalanta

Amad Diallo is certainly no stranger to United fans. The 19-year-old player was bought from Atalanta for a high price in January 2021.

Diallo was almost on loan at Feyeenord at the start of the 2021/2022 season. However, he suffered an injury during a training session and the transfer was cancelled. United chose not to release Diallo so that treatment can be maximized.

The match against Young Boys was Diallo’s first match with United for the 2021/2022 season.

Zidane Iqbal
Position: Midfielder
Age: 18
Status: Academy player

Having studied at Sale United, Iqbal has defended United since 2012.

Iqbal is a box-to-box midfielder. Iqbal’s performance has been in the spotlight for a long time. Currently, Iqbal is listed as a U-23 Iraqi national team player.

In the match against Young Boys, Iqbal was played in the 89th minute to replace Lingard.

Charlie Savage
Position: Midfielder
Age: 18
Status: Academy player

Charlie Savage continues in the footsteps of his father, Robbie Savage who also played at United. Robbie is part of Class off 92′. But, he is not famous like David Beckham or Ryan Giggs.

Charlie Savage pursued a career at United from a very young age. In April 2021, he got a professional contract from United. Charlie is considered to have a playing style similar to his father.

The match against Young Boys was Charlie’s debut with the Red Devils first team.

Shola Shoretire
Position: Right midfielder
Age: 17
Status: Academy player

Shoretire is not a foreign name for United fans. He made his debut in the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era. Last season, Shoretire played in the Premier League twice.

Shoretire was born in Nigeria. However, he has been integrated with United since 2014.

In the duel against Young Bouys, Shola Shoretire played in the 68th minute to replace Amad Diallo. Shoretire was shown a yellow card shortly after being on the pitch.