A big chance for Champions League progress
Tuesday brings a second home game in four days for Manchester United as we welcome Young Boys on a potentially crucial night in the UEFA Champions League.
If coupled with the right result in the other Group H fixture, a win for Jose Mourinho's men over the reigning Swiss champions would secure a place in the knockout stages of the competition.
Form in the group phase so far makes United the favourites, following that famous 2-1 win over Juventus in Turin three weeks ago. Another pointer is the convincing way the Reds began the Champions League campaign back in September, by beating the Young Boys 3-0 with a brace from Paul Pogba and a penalty by Anthony Martial.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of our return to European competition...
ANY EARLY TEAM NEWS?
Victor Lindelof is the main doubt from the weekend, after playing out the closing stages of the Crystal Palace match with an apparent hamstring injury. Prior to that game, Mourinho stated he had a squad of 23 players to choose from, including the recently injured centre-backs Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo. The boss then added,
“Don't be surprised if next Tuesday he [Bailly] plays." Further forward, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku all started against Crystal Palace after missing matches in the preceding international break.
The manager could provide further updates on his squad during Monday evening's pre-match press conference.
WHAT ABOUT YOUNG BOYS?
In the opposition dugout, Gerardo Seoane should have no fresh injury concerns for his Young Boys side. Jordan Lotomba remains sidelined as the right-back recovers from a knee injury while centre-half Gregory Wüthrich has a muscle problem.
HOW ARE YOUNG BOYS DOING?
Since facing United in September, Young Boys have won eight of their 13 matches in all competitions, including the last five in the Swiss Super League. On Saturday, they beat Lugano 1-0 at home to go 16 points clear of second-placed FC Basel, who they thrashed 7-1 just days after their defeat to the Reds. Guillaume Hoarau has been the Swiss champions' leading marksman in this campaign and has scored 10 goals in 13 appearances, while Jean-Pierre Nsame is also in a rich vein of form.
In terms of the Champions League, the visitors are already unable to reach the knockout rounds, but they could still grab a spot in the Europa League. A victory against United is vital for that quest but they will also need Valencia to drop points, in order to set up a fight for third place on the last matchday of the group stage.
CAN WE GO THROUGH ON TUESDAY NIGHT?
Quite simply, our qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League will be assured if the Reds beat Young Boys and Valencia fail to overcome Juventus in Turin.
DID YOU KNOW?
Young Boys are United's 75th different opponent in the European Cup and Champions League at Old Trafford.
WHO'S THE REFEREE?
The experienced German official Felix Brych will be the man in the middle on Tuesday night. He was the referee who sent off former United star Cristiano Ronaldo in Juventus's 2-0 win away to Valencia on matchday one. The lawyer from Munich, who has been officiating in the Bundesliga since 2004, also took charge of the 2017 Champions League final when Juve lost 4-1 to Ronaldo's Real Madrid in Cardiff. Brych will be assisted by Mark Borsch and Stefan Lupp, with Markus Hacker appointed as the fourth official. Bastian Dankert and Marco Fritz will also act as additional assistant referees
WHO ARE OUR RIVALS PLAYING THIS WEEK?
In terms of United's domestic rivals, the latest round of Champions League fixtures could be pivotal in deciding their future in the competition. A win for Manchester City in Lyon will ensure their place in the last 16 of the competition, while Tottenham have to beat Inter Milan if they want to keep their slim hopes of progress alive. Liverpool face an uphill climb to reach the next stage following their shock defeat at Red Star Belgrade and will face their toughest test yet as they travel to Paris to face PSG. All of the games and their kick-off times are listed below.
Tuesday 27 November
Group E: AEK Athens v Ajax (17:55 GMT)
Group E: Bayern Munich v Benfica
Group F: Lyon v Manchester City
Group F: Hoffenheim v Shakhtar Donetsk
Group G: CSKA Moscow v Viktoria Plzen (17:55 GMT)
Group G: Roma v Real Madrid
Group H: Juventus v Valencia
Group H: Manchester United v Young Boys
Wednesday 28 November
Group A: Atletico Madrid v Monaco (17:55 GMT)
Group A: Borussia Dortmund v Club Brugge
Group B: PSV Eindhoven v Barcelona
Group B: Tottenham Hotspur v Inter Milan
Group C: Napoli v Red Star Belgrade
Group C: Paris Saint Germain v Liverpool
Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow v Galatasaray (17:55 GMT)
Group D: FC Porto v FC Schalke 04
Matches kick off at 20:00 GMT unless stated.
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