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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are riding a great wave of momentum after Cristiano Ronaldo’s comeback began with a comprehensive victory over Newcastle last weekend, and the Portuguese’s return has inspired the entire squad. United did fail to advance from the group stage last season, though, and they cannot afford any early slip-ups, with Villarreal, who defeated them in the Europa League final, and Atalanta making up Group F.
Solskjaer is confident that his squad are better-equipped to challenge late into the knockout stages this time around, with Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane significantly strengthening his squad, while Ronaldo has made no secret of his determination to win a sixth Champions League trophy. “You can see also the experience and quality that Raphael and Cristiano add,” Solskjaer said. “We’ve definitely learned, and the group is special, as a unit. They look after each other. The atmosphere is really good and that’s going to stand us in good stead, definitely.” Follow all the action live below:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United are better equipped for Champions League bid
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his “special” group are better equipped to challenge for Champions League glory this season as Manchester United prepare to kick off their continental campaign in Switzerland:
‘We’ve added some experience, some quality, some youth and hopefully we are better prepared’
Young Boys vs Man Utd
Young Boys’ previous Champions League campaign came in 2018/19 where they were drawn in the same group as Manchester United, Juventus and Valencia.
They finished bottom of Group H after suffering two defeats to the Red Devils, 3-0 and 1-0 respectively, but their campaign high note came in the final matchday of the group stage when they won 2-1 at home against Juventus.
United have arrived
Manchester United have arrived at the Wankdorf Stadium in Switzerland. Kick off for this one is at 17:45pm before Chelsea take on Zenit St Petersburg at 8pm.
Former Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner takes charge of his first ever Champions League match today as he leads Young Boys against Manchester United.
In June, the former Schalke boss replaced Gerardo Seoane as Young Boys head coach with Seoane moving to Bayer Leverkusen after leading Young Boys to last season’s title.
Wagner faced Manchester United four times as Huddersfield Town manager, winning once and losing three times. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second match in charge of United was a 3-1 win over Wagner’s Huddersfield in December 2018.
Familiar foes for Young Boys
Tonight sees Young Boys kick off just their second ever Champions League group campaign and they start with exactly the same fixture as they did during their first run.
Manchester United were 3-0 winners on Matchday 1 in the 2018/19 season with Anthony Martial’s 66th-minute effort wrapping up the win after a first-half double from Paul Pogba.
Young Boys are relative newcomers at this level having come through qualifying for only the second time but Man United are making their fourth Champions League appearance in five years and 24th overall, although they suffered an early exit in the 2020/21 group stage.
Young Boys vs Manchester United referee: Francois Letexier to officiate Champions League match
French referee François Letexier will officiate Manchester United’s Champions League opener against Young Boys tonight.
The 32-year-old is a regular official in Ligue 1 and took charge of Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at FC Midtjylland in the Champions League group stages last season.
Manchester United open their Champions League campaign away to Swiss side Young Boys in Bern
Solskjaer wants to challenge for trophies
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the new signings of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo will help his side compete for trophies again and that he wants to bring the ‘magical feeling’ back to Old Trafford. He said:
Team news – Young Boys vs Man Utd
Young Boys XI: Von Ballmoos; Hefti, Camara, Lauper, Garcia; Sierro, Martins Pereira; Fassnacht, Aebischer, Moumi Ngamaleu; Elia
Manchester United XI: De Gea; Wan Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, Van de Beek; Sancho, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes three changes to the team that lined up against Newcastle on Saturday. Victor Lindelof comes in for Raphael Varane with Fred replacing Nemanja Matic. Donny Van de Beek also gets a rare start in midfield as he replaces Mason Greenwood.
Solskjaer on new Champions League campaign
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke about his expectations for this season’s Champions League campaign after the disappointment of last year when Manchester United were dumped out at the group stage despite winning their first three games.
New signings Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane both bring heaps of Champions League experience with them to the squad and Solskjaer hopes they’ll have a positive impact on the rest of his players.
“Of course, you’re at the start of a new competition and we want to win every game and go all the way.” he said “But we know that we have to take one game at a time. We started brilliantly last time and then it changed against Basaksehir, that was the game that we shouldn’t have lost. We just have to focus on [Young Boys] now.
“It can only be a good thing, of course. With Cristiano and Raphael coming in, they won it four times with Real Madrid and Cristiano won it here with us as well. I think it’s great for everyone in the team and in the squad to see those players up close. They’ve come in, gelled really well with the group and they’re here to help the team.”
Ronaldo included in travelling squad
There was some doubt over how quickly Ronaldo would be rushed into the starting eleven ahead of United’s victory against Newcastle. The 36-year-old silenced those quickly, though, with two goals on his second debut and was immediately included in United’s travelling party for tonight’s fixture.
Manchester United squad
De Gea, Heaton, Kovar; Bailly, Dalot, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, Varane, Wan-Bissaka; Fernandes, Fred, Lingard, Mata, Matic, Pogba, Sancho, van de Beek; Elanga, Greenwood, Martial, Ronaldo.