Despite their recent topsy-turvy form in the Premier League, Manchester United are surprisingly well set in the Champions League. They’ve already won their group, meaning the final group game against BSC Young Boys isn’t really that relevant.
But Ralf Rangnick is not one to accept failure. He might tinker with his team for this, but will demand the absolute best. After suffering an embarrassing loss in their last game to Young Boys, United are seeking revenge & aims to end the group stages on a high note.
Manchester United Likely XI
Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Telles, Matic, Van de Beek, Sancho, Mata, Elanga, Greenwood
Paul Pogba & Raphael Varane remain sidelined. Luke Shaw & Edinson Cavani are still in doubt. Jesse Lingard & Anthony Martial could face late fitness test for this.
Young Boys Likely XI
Faivre, Hefti, Burgy, Lauper, Garcia, Aebischer, Martins Pereira, Sierro, Elia, Siebatcheu, Ngamaleu
Young Boys have a list of injury troubles, with as many as 8 first-team players likely to miss this one.
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Rangnick began his term as interim Man United manager with a rather compelling win. Early signs showed that he’s transforming the Red Devils into a more hard-working unit, emphasizing on the high press style.
With 5 more PL games to play this month, the German gaffer is guaranteed to rest key players for the Young Boys clash.
Mason Greenwood looked really sharp in his 30-min cameo &seems to be thriving under the new boss. He’ll aim to continue his menacing work in the final third and gets his first goal(s) of the UCL campaign. Anthony Elanga is in line for his UCL debut. He must be razor-sharp in the attack & take their chances clinically to earn future opportunities.
Jadon Sancho should also start & should look to use his tricky style to torment the visitors. Juan Mata could finally start after being benched for so many games. The Spaniard might’ve lost his pace, but his intelligent passing & creativity can really excel under this new system.
Donny van de Beek should get a start after being benched against Palace. To get ahead of Scott McTominay or Fred, the Dutchman must prove himself able to press oppositions better & create chances from deep with slick passes. Alongside him, Nemanja Matic should be allowed to dictate the pressing game & shield his backline.
Young Boys might’ve already been eliminated from the UCL campaign, but they have nothing to lose. The Switzerland side aims to embarrass United at Old Trafford & get the headlines from this game.
The Swiss side has proven themselves as the surprise packages of the group. They love moving down the wings & create fast, unpredictable moves to trouble the opponents. Their forward players Moumi Ngamaleu, Meschack Elia & Theoson Siabetchue tormented United defenders with their movement and ruthlessness in the reverse fixture.
If given too many chances, the forward trio can again cause a huge upset. It’s the job of Harry Maguire & co to ensure that doesn’t happen. Aaron Wan-Bissaka also must be careful not to get sent off & make things harder for Dean Henderson.
Even with a second-string side, United has enough quality to dominate Young Boys at Old Trafford. Rangnick has to ensure things go according to plans & fans go back home happy after the match.
United are flying high on confidence. With many players keen on impressing the new manager, the Red Devils should produce a dominant display & get a 3-1 win.