Manchester United are currently preparing to face Brighton and Hove Albion in an unusual Tuesday evening Premier League match.
The Red Devils will come into Tuesday’s domestic tie off back-to-back 1-1 draws against Burnley and most recently Southampton.
Although just the one point behind fourth-placed West Ham United, the Red Devils will be looking over their shoulder as Arsenal sit one point behind but have two games in hand, making Tuesday encounter even more important.
The tie, which is set to be played out under Old Trafford’s famous floodlights, has seen Rangnick name a strong starting 11 and despite defender Raphael Varane being forced to withdraw late on through illness, the German manager still has a wealth of talent at his disposal.
Explaining his thinking behind naming his team to face Brighton, who are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League outings, Rangnick, who spoke to the club’s in-house media team, said: “It is a bit about fresh legs after both Paul (Pogba) and Marcus (Rashford) played in the last couple of games and Paul coming back from a long term injury so that was the idea behind that.
“[This match is] very significant like the other games we have played so far. I think for us it is important for us to show our nice face, our beautiful face. I said it is a bit like Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and it is about today showing for the whole game our beautiful face, the nice side of what we did in the last three games and that is what it is all about.
“Having played only three days ago [altering the starting XI] was a logical decision.”
United and Brighton are scheduled to kick off at 8.15 p.m (UK time) but the game will not be broadcast live in the UK.