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Champions League Preview: Young Boys vs Manchester United

Young Boys vs Manchester United | Champions League Matchday 1 | Wankdorf Stadion | BT Sport

Following the triumphant homecoming of Cristiano Ronaldo on Saturday, Manchester United now face Young Boys away from home in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday evening, in the opening fixture of this seasons’ competition.

The additions of both Ronaldo and ‘Champions League Varane’ will surely give United a huge edge in the latter stages of the tournament, giving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side every chance of potentially winning it for a fourth time.

How do Manchester United look?

United escaped the 4-1 victory over Newcastle United without any fresh injury concerns, although striker Edinson Cavani was not part of the squad that faced The Magpies and will not feature on Tuesday either.

He picked up a slight muscle injury in training prior to Saturday and has not travelled with the squad to Switzerland.

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Speaking about Cavani, Solskjaer said, “Edinson got a knock in training. Maybe he’ll be out a week or so, he’s still working his way up to full fitness from that one”.

Whether Ronaldo will be the one to lead the line again against Young Boys is yet to be seen, with the 36-year-old probably not being able to play as many games as he was previously able to; should he drop out, the natural replacement would be Mason Greenwood, with Anthony Martial having an outside chance of getting the nod.

Both Jesse Lingard and Donny Van de Beek came on as second-half substitutes on Saturday, with the former getting his first United goal at Old Trafford in well over a year, whilst the Dutchman showed some impressive touches, moving the ball around well.

Both players will have done enough to be in the thoughts of Solskjaer on Tuesday, and will both believe they should be part of the starting eleven.

Dean Henderson and David de Gea battled it out for the number one spot last season, with De Gea eventually becoming the ‘European’ goalkeeper, whilst Henderson played in the league.

This season, however, the Spaniard has started all of United’s league games, due to the effects of COVID on Dean Henderson, and has done well so far, so is expected to start again in Bern.

Opposition: Young Boys

The Swiss champions have had a struggling start to the 2021/22 season, winning just two of their opening five fixtures.

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They play a traditional 4-4-2 system, utilising a target man to whip crosses into the box to, and will look to frustrate United at the back.

The experience of Ronaldo and Varane, should they play, will be vital for United to overcome what could be a very difficult challenge away from home in Europe.

Key Stats

Between them, Ronaldo and Varane have won nine Champions League titles- four each at Real Madrid and one for Ronaldo at United. Could they add another this season?

Prediction

4-0 Manchester United.

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