Rio Ferdinand and Owen Hargreaves were pleased to see Ralf Rangnick continue a Manchester United tradition during their Champions League draw with Young Boys.
Juan Mata and Anthony Elanga had good opportunities to make it two, either side of a stunning response courtesy of Fabian Rieder’s curling right-footer from 20 yards.
United topped the group regardless as focus shifts to the last-16 draw on Monday morning.
However, according to the BT Sport pundits and former United players, one thing was enough to turn last night’s procession into a long-term success.
That was debuts being handed to Tom Heaton plus academy prospects Charlie Savage and Zidane Iqbal – as interim manager Rangnick also deployed a number of other young players at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand said: “You can see Young Boys were going for it at the end – they didn’t take the foot off the pedal and just sit there and enjoy Old Trafford and talk about the experience they wanted to get a result here and you could see that.
“Man United made a lot of changes before kick-off and throughout the game made a lot of changes. A lot of young players came in. I think six teenagers played, so it’s fantastic for Man United.
“Again I talked about the traditions of Manchester United and bringing young players through, they continued that and it’s valuable experience, beautiful stuff they will be able to carry with them for the rest of their careers.”
Hargreaves added: “ United’s last shot was in the 58th minute.
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“They started off well, a great goal from Mason Greenwood, but a lot of changes and it showed. Obviously a lot of young lads came on and the highlight for especially Robbie [Savage] and his family was Charlie coming on.
“You never forget that moment as a young player, your first one. I think Robbie’s was in the third division, Charlie’s was in the Champions League, but no a big moment for the young players. Let’s hope [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is okay, but I think the one player who could sneak in on the weekend is Mason Greenwood. He looked really sharp.”
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