Ralf Rangnick joins a psychologist at Manchester United: "Our players must think in the right way"

Ralf Rangnick said he brought a sports psychologist to Manchester United to help train his players’ brains.

Sascha Lense, who has previously worked at RB Leipzig, is set to join the team of assistants at Old Trafford and Rangnick insists that it is important to have a “brain expert” on his staff.

“I don’t know what the situation is like here and in other clubs, but in Germany most clubs have hired sports psychologists or a mental coach, whatever you want to call them,” Rangnick told a news conference on Tuesday.

“For me it is a question of logic. If you have special trainers for goalkeeping, physical education, even for forwards, fitness, whatever, you must also have an expert for the brain.

“It’s not so much about putting them on the red couch and holding hands with the players because most of them won’t do that anyway.

“For me it’s about helping the players to help the brain help the body not to work against it. The players and everyone on our team should think the right way.”

“I am very happy to have Sascha on board. He is not working too much on theory, he is practical. Having worked together in Leipzig, I know we will benefit a lot.”

Rangnick has not decided how many changes he will make to the game against the Young Boys on Wednesday, but confirmed that both Dean Henderson and Donny van de Beek will start with United already confirmed to finish at the top of their Champions League group.

Edinson Cavani and Raphael Varane were able to train on Tuesday but will not participate as long as they continue to improve their fitness after injury.

Whoever plays, Rangnick wants to see a continuation of the work started during the 1-0 win over Crystal Palace with a focus on high pressure and tight organization, both on and off the ball.

“It’s about gaining confidence and believing in the way we’re playing,” added Rangnick, who also revealed that former New York Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas will join his staff once he has received a work visa.

“The players have to believe. I can tell them what I want, but I need to convince them. I need to get into their heart, into their brain, into their blood.”

Nemanja Matic could also return to the team against Young Boys after the Serbian was an unused substitute against Palace.

The 33-year-old midfielder plays with his third coach since joining the club in 2017 and said it will take time to “understand” Rangnick.

“Every coach has his ideas and we always try to adapt and understand ideas as soon as possible,” he told a news conference on Tuesday.

“I think everyone saw a bit of his ideas in the last game against Crystal Palace, that high pressure and the organization when we defend and when we attack.

“After a couple of days it is very difficult, but I am sure that step by step everyone will see his ideas on the field because we still have to understand everything he wants from us.”