The Champions League is well and truly back and Manchester United kick off their group-stage campaign with a trip to Switzerland to face Young Boys at the Stade de Suisse.
Young Boys are the reigning Swiss Super League champions after finishing a massive 31 points ahead of closest rivals Basel last season; winning 25, drawing 9 and losing just two of their league matches in the process.
British fans may well be familiar with their coach, David Wagner, who of course guided Huddersfield Town to a historic promotion to the Premier League in 2017. He took over from Gerardo Seoane in the summer after the 42-year-old moved to the Bundesliga to join Bayer Leverkusen.
The former Huddersfield boss has had a mixed start to his tenure with Young Boys, only winning two of their opening five matches in the Swiss Super League.
However, they may well look at Manchester United’s slip-up to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League last season and think they may have a chance if the Red Devils underestimate them.
Young Boys v Manchester United
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
17:45 BT Sport 2
(Maximum 10 matches)
NOV 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Man Utd 1-0 Young Boys
SEP 2018 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Young Boys 0-3 Man Utd
Manchester United have had a very positive start to the campaign. As well as the late window signing of legendary forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side also sit top of the Premier League table after four matches.
Their win on Saturday against Newcastle United at Old Trafford was everything the United fans could have hoped for and more with Ronaldo well and truly re-announcing himself at the theatre of dreams with a fabulous brace.
Mason Greenwood has also shone for United so far this season with three goals to his name in his first four Premier League appearances this season. It really does feel like the young Englishman could well be at the beginning of a breakthrough campaign – especially now with Ronaldo alongside him.
United will be desperate to build on and improve from their failure to qualify from the group-stages of last season’s Champions League Although there are some tricky tests in there in the shape of Atalanta and their Europa League nemesis Villarreal, Solskjaer will probably feel they have enough to get through.
They will want a positive start tonight and I do expect them to get it. European away ties like this are rarely a walk in the park, but the quality that United possess should simply be too much for their Swiss counterparts. We’re backing United to win to nil and star boy Mason Greenwood to score anytime.
⚠️ Stakes advised on a scale of 0-10 points depending on confidence from our preview team
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