UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE action is back as we see 8 matches to be played today across Europe in the Match Week 5 set of games.
Manchester United prepare to play against Swiss side, Young Boys at home and would want to get a win at all cost if they hope to qualify from Group H into the knockout stages of the competition. Manchester United would also hope that they can qualify into the round of 16 knockout stages with a game to play if only Juventus could avoid being defeated by Valencia in Italy.
When Manchester United and Young last met in Bern, Manchester United ended up being the victor as Paul Pogba displayed a masterclass performance scoring two goals and fellow Frenchman Anthony Martial scoring a third as Manchester United ran away with a 3nil victory in Switzerland in what is considered as Manchester United’s best performance so far this season.
Manchester United is not presently a particularly fantastic run of form as Jose Mourinho’s men will be heading into the must-win champions league game coming from an abysmal goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday which saw them move further adrift of Premier League leaders and city rivals Manchester City by 14-points.
Swiss club Young Boys will be traveling to Old Trafford on Tuesday brimming with confidence as they are aware that Manchester United is not in their best form and are playing below their full potentials at the moment and would hope that they can get something – at least one point – to take home from the match. Young Boys are enjoying a decent run of form as they head into the game winning their last two league matches, a 1nil victory over Lugano and a 3-2 victory over St. Gallen.
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho said in a recent pre-match interview: “It’s not a crucial match because if we don’t win tomorrow we still don’t depend on other results. We will still just depend on ourselves. But I want to play from the first minute like it’s the last chance we have to qualify. I want to play this game like a knockout game like we have to win.”
Although on paper, Manchester United still looked favorites to win the encounter despite being in a poor form lately. In fact, Manchester United is the only club that has not scored a single goal at home in the champions league this season.
Young Boys’ manager, Gerardo Seoanes said in his pre-match interview: “I think Manchester United are strong at home and, for sure, also they want to show to their crowd that they are strong also at home. This stadium has a big tradition.”
Young Boys would hope that Miralem Sulejmani would provide them the goals against United with Roger Assale and Jean Pierre Nsame up front.
Team News & Injury Updates
Manchester will be without in-form defender Victor Lindelof who limped off at the end of Manchester United’s goalless draw against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday after suffering a muscle injury. Fellow defenders Diogo Dalot and Marcos Rojo will also be absent due to some degree of injuries and are spending time on the sidelines.
Meanwhile, the visiting Young Boys will also be without their midfielder Sekou Sanogo due to suspension. It is yet to be determined whether Jordan Lotomba, Pedro Teixeira, Guillaume Hoarau and Gregory Wuthrich would be fit enough as they all face a late fitness test.
David De Gea; Young, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Pogba, Juan Mata, Fred; Martial, Lukaku, Sanchez.
Von Ballmoos; Mbabu, Lauper, Von Bergen, Benito; Sulejmani, Sow, Bertone, Fassnacht; Nsame, Assale.
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