Manchester United will begin their 2021/22 Champions League campaign with an away trip to Young Boys in Switzerland on Tuesday evening. The match kicks off at 17:45PM BST. The game can be watched live in the UK on BT Sport with coverage starting at 17:00PM.
United will enter the competition off the back of a resounding 4-1 win against Newcastle United at the weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo who made his return to Old Trafford netted twice. Whilst Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard added the third and fourth goals to cap a good performance.
We have made an excellent start to our Premier League campaign. The Red Devils have picked up ten points from the first four fixtures. United will look to get the three points in an opening Champions League game ahead of our away trip to West Ham in the league next weekend. It will be busy two weeks for the Red Devils. We face West Ham in the third round of the League Cup before we end the month with games against Aston Villa and our first home Champions League game against Villarreal.
During last season’s Champions League, United finished third in the group which meant we dropped into the Europa League. We overcame Real Sociedad, AC Milan, Granada, and Roma to make the final of the competition only to lose on penalties on Villarreal. We finished second in the Premier League last season, while we have finished top of the Champions League group stages on fifteen separate occasions and will look to claim the top spot in Group F with the teams around us.
Manchester United Team News
For United, they still are without Marcus Rashford and Alex Telles who continue to recover their respective injuries. Dean Henderson and Phil Jones are not likely to be involved in this game either. Scott McTominay could make his return to the starting eleven after recovering from his groin surgery more quickly than expected. It seems more likely he will feature against West Ham in the league at the weekend.
Fred is in contention to return as he was an unused substitute against Newcastle United. His participation was under threat due to the FIFA suspension, which was then lifted. Edinson Cavani will be hoping to recover from his knock in time to play a part in the opening Champions League fixture meaning manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær could give Cristiano Ronaldo a rest.
Manchester United’s Predicted Lineup
De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Pogba; Greenwood, Fernandes, Sancho, and Ronaldo.
Young Boys automatically qualified for the Champions League second qualifying round after securing the Swiss League title for the 15th time last season. This has meant they have played a lot of games recently to get to the group stages of the competition. They have already competed in six games as they have overcome Slovan Bratislava, CFR Cluj, and Ferencvaros to reach the group stages for the second time in their history.
Their previous experience of the Champions League group stages was back in the 2017/18 season in which they faced Manchester United losing both the home and away games. They have only won one of their previous eight games against English opposition. Young Boys have had a good start to their season and so confidence will be high going into this fixture.
They have secured eight points from their opening five league matches to sit third in the Swiss League table. Young Boys beat FC Zurich 4-0 at the weekend with Michel Aebischer grabbing two of those goals. They will certainly think they can cause an upset in this Champions League group as they face Man United, Atalanta BC, and Villarreal but it will be their home form that will be key to this.
Young Boys Team News
For our opponents, they are set to be without Fabian Lustenberger and Jean-Pierre Nsame on Tuesday due to injury. Joel Monteiro, Esteban Petignat, and Nico Maier will also not feature in this game. It is expected there will be changes to the side that won 4-0 at the weekend with Mohamed Camara and Vincent Sierro coming into the starting eleven. Meschack Elia is expected to be joined in the attack alongside Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu. Both these players have six goals between them in the league this season.
Manchester United form (all competitions): WDWW
Young Boys Champions League form: DWDWWW
Young Boys form (all competitions): WWWWDW
We have to be wary of the threat posed by Young Boys as we do not want to get caught out in our first Champions League game. United has more than enough quality in its attack especially now with Ronaldo in the mix and we should hopefully come away with the win and make a good start to our European campaign.
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