UEFA Champions League News: Prediction: Young Boys vs Manchester United

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Verdict: Manchester United scores both halves

Best odds: 21/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

Looking to open their Champions League run with a real flurry on Tuesday night, English heavyweights Manchester United will make the trip to Young Boys midweek.

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Starting with the hosts, having endured a weak start since the start of the 2021/22 Swiss Super League season, Young Boys would have been delighted to receive a real morale boost over the weekend. Collecting only their second domestic victory after scoring a tremendous 4-0 against Zurich at home, the defending champions are hoping to have put their early season blip behind them. Now unbeaten in each of their last six fights in all formats, manager David Wagner has also seen his team book their place in the Champions League group stage after a run of zero-scoring qualifiers. Last seen taking an action-packed 6-4 overall win against Hungarian side Ferencvaros, the former Huddersfield manager saw his new side find a real clinical advantage in the last third. Including Zurich’s goal for four for the last time, it’s worth pointing out that Tuesday’s hosts have scored over 2.5 goals in five of their last six games.

Team news

Faced with a growing list of injuries, the duo of Fabian Lustenberger and Jean-Pierre Nsame will once again miss Tuesday due to a couple of Achilles tendon injuries.

Likewise, the likes of Joel Monteiro, Esteban Petignat and Nico Maier also remain on the sidelines mid-week.

Manchester United

As for the visitors, while Young Boys may hope to find some internal stability, Manchester United have continued to impress since the 2021/22 season opener. Skyrocketing to the top of the Premier League standings and with the mood in their field likely to be at the highest level, the Reds were last seen over the weekend when they established another scorer. On their return from the September Nationals break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won 4-1 against a struggling Newcastle at Old Trafford. With many of the feeling that the former England champions are capable of mounting a serious title run this season, United will make the trip to Switzerland midweek looking to put on another flurry. On the occasion of the return to the Champions League on Tuesday, it is worth keeping an eye on the return of the icon, Cristiano Ronaldo. Securing a famous return to Manchester over the summer, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner secured a brace against the Magpies on Saturday and has his sights set on making more European history.

Team news

Marking his comeback with a brace on Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo should once again lead Manchester United’s charge in Switzerland this week.

Just an unused replacement over the weekend, Brazilian midfielder Fred looks set to return on Tuesday. Scott McTominay may also appear after appearing to overcome a groin problem.

Key factors to consider

  • When the two teams last met in 2018, Manchester United scored 1-0 and 3-0 streak victories.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo marked his return to Old Trafford at the weekend with a brace against Newcastle.
  • Young Boys are unbeaten in each of their last six matchups across all formats, recording five wins.
  • The hosts on Tuesday saw each of their last seven Champions League home games finished with both teams finding the net.
  • Manchester United have taken 10 points in their first four Premier League games of the season; their best start to the season since 2017-18 (also 10), when they finished second in the standings.

Conclusion

By managing to set a real benchmark over the weekend as they worked their way to a 4-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford, Manchester United should find the mood on their pitch on a sizzling level. Enjoying what has been a stellar start to the 2021/22 season, the Reds will enjoy a return to the Champions League on Tuesday night. Picking up two straight wins when they clashed with the Young Boys in 2018, midweek guests also have a returning icon who should sniff out a chance. Marking his return to Manchester with a brace against the Magpies on what was a successful afternoon at home, it’s hard to think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s stacked team won’t be able to extend their early season purple patch here.

Verdict: Manchester United scores both halves

Best odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

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