Match Preview: Young Boys v United

Monday 13 September 2021 12:59

Manchester United return to Champions League action as we travel to Switzerland to face Young Boys on Tuesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side start the European campaign with a trip to face the Swiss champions in Bern as Group F kicks off.

This is only the second time United and Young Boys are in the same Champions League group. Last time, in 2018, the Reds won home and away against the team in yellow-and-black kits. 

Cristiano Ronaldo famously made his Premier League return with a brace against Newcastle United and the five-time Champions League winner could make his European return for United on Tuesday evening.

Here’s everything you need to know as we start our European journey once again…

United's travelling squad for Young Boys away article

Find out which Reds have travelled to Switzerland for our opening Champions League game on Tuesday night.

HOW CAN I FOLLOW THE GAME?

The encounter is an early Champions League kick-off as the game starts at 17:45 BST. The meeting between the Reds and the Swiss side is shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK.

Alternatively, you can follow the match build-up, live radio commentary and post-match analysis on MUTV. The Match Day programme starts at 16:40 BST. You can also follow live updates from the match in our Official App and read all pre-match and post-match content on manutd.com.

TEAM NEWS

As the manager revealed before our meeting with Newcastle last Saturday, Edinson Cavani will be out for a little while with a small knock but El Matador will hopefully be back in action soon.

Alex Telles and Scott McTominay are working their way back to full fitness but will not be involved in our Champions League premiere. Marcus Rashford is edging closer to a return to full training, meanwhile Amad will still be out for a few weeks. Dean Henderson also remains out but the gained valuable game-time in the Under-23s against Arsenal last Saturday.

You can check out the full travelling squad here

FORM GUIDE

The Reds have started the season in great fashion, winning three of four Premier League games and claiming an away point at Southampton after going behind on the south coast. With 10 points from the first four league matches, Ole’s men are top of the table on goal difference.

As for Young Boys, they are fourth in the Swiss Super League, having picked up two wins, two draws and a loss from their first five league games of the season. Their last match was an impressive 4-0 win over league leaders FC Zurich, so it’s a team full of confidence that welcomes United to the Wankdorf Stadium.

Paul Pogba put in a five-star performance last time we faced Young Boys in Bern, scoring a brace.
HEAD TO HEAD 

Tuesday's battle will be the third time we play the black and yellow in the Champions League. In the first match between the teams in 2018, the Reds ran riot in Bern with Paul Pogba stealing the show with two goals while wearing the captain's armband. Anthony Martial also scored in our 3-0 win.

In the reverse meeting at Old Trafford, it proved a difficult task to break down a solid Young Boys defence. However, in injury time, Marouane Fellaini popped up to score the winner at the Theatre of Dreams.

RIVALS WATCH

After the Reds have played in Bern, our other group F opponents, our Europa League final rivals from last season, Villarreal, take on Serie A outfit Atalanta in a 20:00 BST kick-off in Spain.

The Yellow Submarine will be our first opponent at home in the Champions League stage on 29 September before Atalanta make the journey from Bergamo to Old Trafford three weeks later.

Looking at our Premier League colleagues, Chelsea welcome Zenit St. Petersburg to Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, while Manchester City and Liverpool host RB Leipzig and AC Milan respectively on Wednesday.

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