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Tom Heaton finally got his United debut after 20 years3 min read


Manchester United fans were left puzzled when Tom Heaton finally got his United debut in the Champions League clash against Young Boys. After being with the club for more than 20 years, many expected Heaton to get his chance on the field. He replaced Henderson in the 68th minute of the game with the scores level at 1-1. Much had been made about Ralf Rangnick including a host of United’s most promising young players in the game, but instead, fans were left scratching their heads when Heaton came on.

DERBY, ENGLAND – JULY 18: Tom Heaton of Manchester United gestures during the pre-season friendly match between Derby County and Manchester United at Pride Park on July 18, 2021 in Derby, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Rangnick’s decision to hand out opportunities to squad players and youngsters has been met with approval by United’s supporters. The German manager is known for being a keen developer of young talent, and this latest move shows that he is willing to give chances to players who may not have had as much first-team experience. This is good news for both the players and the club, as it will help to improve team morale and give the youngsters a chance to show what they can do.

Heaton is one of the players who will benefit from Rangnick’s decision. The former Cardiff City shot-stopper started his career at Old Trafford and left the club in 2010, joining the Bluebirds.

With United’s place in the last-16 already secured, Rangnick, seeking his second win in as many games, made the decision to rotate his pack from the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. Making 11 changes in total, Henderson was not carrying any injury when he left the field, suggesting that the move was planned ahead of kick-off. Rangnick, seeking his second win in as many games, made the decision to rotate his pack from the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Manchester United produced a lackluster display to draw 1-1 against Young Boys in their final Champions League Group F match at Old Trafford on Wednesday. With United guaranteed top spot in the group, manager Ralf Rangnick made 11 changes from his first match in charge on Sunday, with Amad Diallo and Anthony Elanga making their Champions League debuts for the club.

Manchester United started the brighter of the two sides and took the lead in superb fashion on nine minutes through Mason Greenwood as he caught Luke Shaw’s cross with a bicycle kick. However, United missed a host of chances to double their lead and was made to pay three minutes before half-time as Fabian Rieder leapt onto Donny van de Beek’s poor pass to hit a stunning effort past goalkeeper Dean Henderson from the edge of the box.

Young Boys were looking to take an early lead against their opponents, but they were not able to score. However, their opponents were not doing much better. The match remained scoreless until the latter part of the match when Young Boys was finally able to take the lead. Unfortunately for them, their opponents were able to equalize shortly after.

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