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Young Boys vs Man United: Champions League – LIVE!


Man United are looking to continue their early season momentum as they begin their Champions League campaign with a trip to Switzerland to take on Young Boys tonight.

The mood around the club is buoyant after a summer that saw Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and – of course – Crsitiano Ronaldo arrive at Old Trafford in a transfer window that has transformed expectations for the season ahead.

A serious Premier League title challenge is top of the agenda and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sit top of the league, level on points with both Chelsea and Liverpool at the start of what already looks like being an epic race.

However, making a serious impression on Europe is also a key aim for a club who have not been beyond the quarter-finals of the competition since the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

You can follow all the action from tonight’s Group F opener LIVE with our blog below…

Live updates

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Young Boys manning up

9mins: If anyone expected a United walkover (full disclosure, we did), nothing of the sort has materialised.

The home side is pressing with intent, hunting in pairs and looking to break quickly. They’ve managed to string a few passes too.

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Young Boys fire first shot

3mins: Jadon Sancho loses the ball in midfield which allows Meschak Elia the space to run up field but he drags his shot across David de Gea’s goal.

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You ready?

The Champions League is back and the Swiss are putting on a show. Are you ready?

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Words from Ole

This evening’s game will be contested on astroturf. Not that Ole is concerned: ““We had a good day, a professional day [on Saturday] but this is a new game. Coming from Norway, I’m used to the astroturf – the players have trained on it, I’ve got no complaints.”

The manager is also backing his young Dutchman, Donny van de Beek: “We know what he’s capable of, he’s been working really hard over the summer. He’s stronger, fitter and we’re looking forward to seeing him in action.”

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Young Boys team news

4-2-3-1: Von Ballmoos (c); Hefti, Camara, Lauper, García; Sierro, Martins Pereira; Fassnacht, Aebischer, Ngamaleu; Elia.

Subs: Zbinden, Faivre, Zesiger, Spielmann, Kanga, Sulejmani, Jankewitz, Bürgy, Siebatcheu, Mambimbi, Maceiras, Rieder.

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(Another) Ronaldo record

When he made his United 2.0 debut on Saturday, Ronaldo broke an obscure Premier League record once held by former Crystal Palace hard man Damien Finbarr Delaney for the longest gap between matches in the English top flight.

12 years 118 days passed between Ronaldo’s foray at Old Trafford and his last appearance for the club. Delaney played for Leicester in 2003 and for Palace 11 years 155 days later.

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Donny no longer in the dark

By our count this is Donny van de Beek’s third Champions start for Manchester United having only played six matches for the Red Devils at the top tier of European club football.

Though no pushovers, Young Boys are perhaps the perfect opposition to reignite his career.

Manchester United via Getty Imag
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Ronaldo starts, Van de Beek gets opportunity

As expected Ronaldo starts and leads a string team with three changes from Saturday’s 4-1 win against Newcastle.

4-3-3: De Gea, Shaw, Maguire (c), Lindelof, Wan-Bissaka, Fred, Pogba, Fernandes, Sancho, Van de Beek, Ronaldo

Subs: Heaton, Kovar, Bailly, Dalot, Varane, Mata, Matic, Lingard, Elanga, Greenwood, Martial

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Betting odds and tips

If you fancy placing a wager on the result, here’s what Betfair reckons (subject to change, of course):

– Young Boys to win: 13/2

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Prediction – Malik sees this going one way

“It feels like United are a team with serious momentum and such is the quality in Solskjaer’s squad that even if the Norwegian sees this as a chance to rotate slightly, they should still have too much for the Swiss outfit.”

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