Old Trafford will open it’s doors for the final time in this year’s Champions League group stage as Young Boys come visiting to the theatre of dreams to take on Manchester United in a crucuial Group H game. A Manchester United win and anything but a Valencia win in Turin will make sure United’s qualification into the Champions League Round of 16.
United are desperately in need of a win and some goals to get fans back on their sides as they’ve been recently been very poor at The Theatre of Dreams. This could be the perfect game for Jose Mourinho’s men to show that they can bring the belief back to the fans that they still have the fight and guts to play for the manager and mainly, for the badge!!
Manchester United will have to put in a performance than win 1-0 or 2-0. There has to style and substance than one of those. It has to be a combination of both. Jose Mourinho should somehow find a way to play younger players than the one he trusts and especially who he trusts are in the worst form of their lives.
We would now take a closer look at both the teams’ form book, team news and a general purview of both teams:
Manchester United are the epitome of inconsistency this season. A win is most probably followed by 3 winless games. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has to find a way to stop that inconsistency and try to find one consistent run that puts the club back in the frame for Premier League Top-4 with which the club can take confidence in their Champions League knockouts coming up later in the season. But, before that, they need to reach the CL knockouts and tonight’s game against BSC Young Boys is a huge game and comes at a crucial time when the fans are growing increasingly frustrated with the football and results. But, also, this could probably be the right game to score some goals and get ourselves going again.
Victor Lindelof and Marcos Rojo were ruled out of today’s game by Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in his Pre match Press Conference and Matteo Darmian was not seen in the open training in the morning on Monday. So, that could mean we can see Eric Bailly back in the Manchester United starting eleven after a very long time.
Manchester United fans can expect their most favourite and most efficient defender Eric Bailly back in the starting eleven alongside Chris Smalling. Diogo Dalot could make his comeback post his latest injury setback and could start for the first time since the League Cup game against Derby County. Luke Shaw should be back from his suspension.
Onto midfield and Nemanja Matic has to be dropped. He hasn’t been anywhere near good enough or close to his 100% ability. So, I expect him to be rested/dropped. Paul Pogba has to start and Fred needs to get a game. This could be that game to settle Fred in before crucial fixtures all the way upto December 31st.
Jose Mourinho should start Andreas in place of Nemanja Matic
Martial and Mata have to be the wingers. Lingard and Lukaku need to be dropped again. Sanchez should start considering he hasn’t started for 2 consecutive games and has been decent in the past few weeks.
Probable XI: De Gea; Dalot; Smalling; Bailly; Shaw; Andreas Periera; Fred; Pogba; Mata; Sanchez; Martial;
Young Boys have won 4 out of their last 5 games with that only loss coming against Valencia CF. They’re in fine form results wise and also have been scoring goals. Any team would be pumped up to face Manchester United at Old Trafford and would bring their A game to Old Trafford. So, expect no less from Young Boys as well, who have couple very good talents like Mbabu and experienced star player Guillaume Hoarau.
Von Ballmoos; Mbabu, Lauper, Von Bergen, Benito; Fassnacht, Sow, Aebischer, Sulejmani; Nsame, Assale.
It has to be a routine Manchester United win with goals. But, with this Manchester United team, nothing is impossible- for themselves and for the opposition.
But, still, a routine Manchester United win as the difference in quality is just too much.
Manchester United 3-0 Young Boys.