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Man Utd manager Rangnick explains dropping Pogba, Rashford for Atletico Madrid

Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has explained dropping Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford for Tuesday's Champions League last-16 second leg with Atletico Madrid.

Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Elanga started instead of the duo, while Scott McTominay returned from injury to start ahead of Nemanja Matic.

"Well, to start with, it was also about fresh legs and also about, as I've said, playing with a high level of aggression and energy," Rangnick told BT Sport. "And that is why I decided [to select] this starting XI."

On Elanga, who scored Manchester United's lone goal in the first leg, he said: "Yes, [the first-leg goal helped], but this is not the only reason. It's also about verticality and about speed.

"We saw in the first leg this could be a major issue for us today."


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