Manchester United overcame a potentially tricky start to their Champions League campaign with a convincing 3-0 victory over Young Boys. It was their first-ever European meeting with the Swiss Super League side and Jose Mourinho’s side always looked like securing three points once Paul Pogba had given them the lead with a stunning strike from distance.
It was important to get off to a winning start, especially considering that United have also been drawn alongside Juventus and Valencia in Group H. Two mouth-watering clashes await for the Red Devils with former United star Cristiano Ronaldo returning from his ban in time to face his former employers on October 23rd.
They won’t find it easy against the Italian champions but United are expected to qualify from the group with relative ease according to the latest Champions League betting odds and are currently second-favourites behind Massimiliano Allegri’s side. The Serie A outfit overcame a potentially tough test at the Mestalla and are priced as third favourites in the Champions League outright market with Jose Mourinho’s side available at 25/1 with William Hill.
Considering the strength of competition Mourinho’s men must face, especially in the shape of Juventus and Valencia, it’s hardly surprising that Man Utd aren’t regarded as the betting favourites to win Group H. Juve are unbeaten so far this season but Valencia’s struggles in La Liga suggest that United can edge through in second place and qualify for the knock-out rounds of the competition.
Young Boys are making their debut in the group stage of the Champions League and they have been widely predicted to be the whipping boys of this particular section. Judging by their naive performance against Manchester United, they will need to significantly improve over the next couple of the months if they hope to avoid finishing bottom of Group H.
Although they had never previously faced Jose Mourinho’s side prior to their 3-0 defeat, Premier League fans will already be familiar with the Swiss Super League outfit. They were drawn against Everton in the 2014-15 Europa League but were comfortably eliminated from the round of 32, losing 3-1 at Goodison Park and 4-1 on home turf at the Wankdorf Stadium.
Young Boys also faced another Merseyside club during their 2012-13 Europa League campaign, first upsetting the odds by holding Liverpool to a shock 2-2 draw at Anfield. The second group clash in Switzerland then produced an eight-goal thriller, but unfortunately, the home side were beaten 3-5 by the visiting Reds and an inspired performance from Jonjo Shelvey
Based in the city of Bern and currently enjoying their 120th centenary year, Young Boys managed the remarkable feat of winning the Swiss Super League last season, ending a run of eight consecutive titles achieved by FC Basel. Unfortunately for them, they still have to visit Old Trafford later this year where they will be hoping to exact revenge on the Red Devils. The pair meet in Manchester at the end of November.