Manchester United kick off their 2018-19 Champions League campaign on Wednesday night with a trip to Switzerland to take on Young Boys.
Jose Mourinho’s side have had a stuttering start to the Premier League season but have got back on track with back-to-back wins against Burnley and Watford.
Young Boys are arguably the weakest side in United’s group, joined by Serie A giants Juventus and Valencia. The Swiss said successfully made it through the qualifying stages by beating Dinamo Zagreb.
Date: Wednesday, September 19
Odds: Young Boys to win: 50/11. Draw: 3/1. Man Utd to win: 7/10.
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The Reds will take on Young Boys for the first time in the Champions League on Wednesday. Despite it being against a significantly weaker opposition, anything but a defeat will be considered a good result away from home, as long as United win all their home fixtures.
Young Boys have started the season strongly and will go into the game on a run of good form. Their objective for the season is to defend the Swiss title, something they won last season for the first time since 1986.
Gerardo Seoane’s side have six wins from as many games in the league. They’re also going into this match on the back of a Swiss Cup win over Schaffhausen on Saturday, although the game went to extra time which may swing in United’s favour.
Simon Peach of Press Association alluded to exactly that on Twitter this week.
Young Boys may well be weary for #MUFC‘s midweek visit. Their Swiss Cup tie at Schaffhausen went to extra-time, with Mohamed Ali Camara – nicknamed Pique after, well, you know… – snatching a 3-2 win in the 120th minute
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) September 15, 2018
Mourinho has said Luke Shaw will start the game after suffering a concussion during England’s 2-1 UEFA Nations League defeat to Spain on September 8, as per Samuel Luckhurst at the Manchester Evening News.
Romelu Lukaku has hit goalscoring form for both club and country, therefore, is expected to be among the scorers on Wednesday night. He has four goals in four starts for United this season with hopes he can notch more goals than last season (5) in the Champions League.
A good start is essential if United are to progress. Juventus and Valencia won’t be pushovers.
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Scoreline prediction: Young Boys 0-1 Manchester United