Young Boys vs Manchester United Preview
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The Champions League returns for Manchester United and with an away fixture in Switzerland as Young Boys host the Red Devils tomorrow at 19:45 GMT. This is such a big game for United’s momentum as, after back-to-back wins against Burnley and Watford have boosted United’s sombre mood following the shock defeat to Brighton and the humbling at Old Trafford to Spurs. A victory in Switzerland should carry United’s momentum into a potentially dangerous home game against Wolves on Saturday, who have already taken points off Everton and Manchester City. United’s last game against Watford showed the importance of killing games off as Watford easily could have equalised were it not for David de Gea and this game should be no different.
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Whilst United have had issues in the Premier League, Young Boys have been excellent so far this season with nine wins out of ten so far and are top of their league. While United’s game on Sunday was a dramatic affair, Young Boys encountered an even more dramatic match as they had to endure extra-time to beat FC Schauffhausen 3-2. United faced one of Young Boys’ biggest opponents in FC Basel last year in the Champions League, but while United eased into a 3-0 lead in the home match, a 89th minute winner from Michael Lang sealed United’s defeat and it will be even more humiliating if this Swiss side takes points of Jose Mourinho’s side.
The manager did say after the victory at Vicarage Road that Luke Shaw is now fit to play against Young Boys and is likely to come back into the squad for Young who is likely to be relegated back to second string. Matic and Rashford are suspended domestically and so are both likely to feature and allow others to rest for the Saturday clash. Anthony Martial has only started one match this season and could be back in the fold and as could Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira who have also been left out since the Brighton defeat. Diogo Dalot may also feature after a solid performance for the u23’s but Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero are still not fully fit and neither is Ander Herrera who is still injured.
This should be a good game as United will want to flaunt their talent in Switzerland and show they are true contenders for the Champions League. Bigger games against Valencia and Juventus are to come and this game is a must win if there is any chance of finishing above the Old Lady this campaign.
Predicted Lineup: De Gea, Dalot, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw, Matic, Fred, Pogba (c), Rashford, Sanchez, Lukaku
PREDICTED SCORE: 0-4 to United