“And it’s also wise, at this stage of the season, with the crowded fixture list of the next few weeks and months, to rest a few players. Because, as we saw, the way that we played against Palace was high intensity.
“It’s not so easy to play on that level with the same group of players every three days and therefore, for me, it absolutely makes sense to do some sort of rotation.
“Even more so in a game that we still want to win – that’s our ethos: we want to win games at Manchester United – but it’s not that much at stake for us, and therefore it makes sense to give some other players the chance to present themselves.”
United have lots and lots of matches in December and January, and Rangnick will need every single player at his disposal if their Christmas period is going to be fruitful.
If he can harbour the energy and intensity from their victory against the Eagles and share it with the rest of United’s talented fringe players, then a January transfer outlay may even disrupt, rather than enhance his squad.