Man Utd vs Young Boys Preview | Trio Ruled Out | Expected Line-Ups | Prediction
Here is our match preview ahead of Man Utd’s Champions League clash with Young Boys including team news, expected line-ups and predicted score
Manchester United will look to put one foot in the knockout stages of the Champions League when they take on Young Boys at Old Trafford this evening.
Jose Mourinho has fired a warning at his players after they were held to a hugely disappointing 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace at home on Saturday afternoon – a result that leaves United sitting seventh in the table, seven points off the top four and a whopping 14 adrift of leaders Manchester City.
However, things are looking a lot brighter in the Champions League after United staged a dramatic late comeback to beat Juventus 2-1 in Turin last time out and they could seal qualification to the next phase if results go their way tonight.
United sit second in Group H on seven points – two behind Juve and two ahead of Valencia – and a win over Young Boys would book their place in the knockout stages of the competition if Valencia fail to win away at Juventus.
Young Boys are flying in the Swiss Super League but they’ve found life tough in Europe, which is understandable considering the level of opposition they’ve been up against, and they head to Old Trafford bottom of the table with just one point.
United have been dealt a blow after Victor Lindelof was ruled out for around a month with a muscle injury that he picked up against Palace so Eric Bailly is pushing for a recall in the middle of defence.
Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo are also set to miss out tonight due to minor injuries but Luke Shaw is available again after serving a domestic ban at the weekend so he should return at left-back.
Mourinho is expected to make changes with Ander Herrera pushing to be recalled in midfield while Alexis Sanchez could come in to the attack with Anthony Martial and Juan Mata making way.
Young Boys XI: Von Ballmoos; Mbabu, Lauper, Von Bergen, Benito; Fassnacht, Sow, Aebischer, Sulejmani; Nsame, Assale
Man Utd 3-0 Young Boys: United won the reverse fixture 3-0 in Switzerland and I can see a similar outcome this evening. Mourinho’s men were poor at the weekend and haven’t won at home in the Champions League in their last three outings, but this is a great opportunity to get back to winning ways. Young Boys are a limited side who have nothing to play for so I’m going for a comfortable United win.
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