There’s a feel-good factor at Man Utd with the return of Ronaldo yielding immediate success as the Portuguese superstar netted twice on his second debut, propelling the club to the top of the Premier League standings.
Although the Red Devils have a busy upcoming schedule, with Marcos Rashford and Amad Diallo sidelined and Edinson Cavani missing the Newcastle game with a knock, Ronaldo probably won’t be rested for this fixture and he’ll want to extend his Champions League goalscoring record further.
Regardless of whether the 36-year-old starts, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also has the likes of Jadon Sancho, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes to call upon, so there shouldn’t be any lack of attacking options to the Norwegian.
Although United haven’t been prolific on their travels in the early part of this season to date, scoring once each against Southampton and Wolves, the last time they faced Young Boys in the Champions League back in 2018, they won their two encounters by an aggregate 4-0, including a 3-0 triumph on the road.
Young Boys enter this fixture having won five of six unbeaten fixtures, though of course the quality of opposition pales in comparison to what they’ll face here, most notably when taking on lower-division Littau in domestic cup action.
Although the Swiss outfit netted at least three times in all but one of these fixtures, their shutout against Zurich last time out was their first clean sheet in eight appearances.
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Solskjaer also looks set to be without the services of Alex Telles, Dean Henderson and Phil Jones, while Scott McTominay is a doubt, but whilst he may have wanted to use this fixture to hand a few second-string players some game time, the absentees may well force him to play a stronger team.
Diogo Dalot will hope to get a start at right-back and Jesse Lingard may be handed a further opportunity following his goal from the bench against Newcastle, while Fred is likely to come into midfield after missing the weekend clash.
Young Boys have a number of absentees, most notably experienced centre-back and captain Fabian Lustenberger, as well as striker Jean-Pierre Nsame, who bagged 19 goals and eight assists in all competitions last season.
The best teams they’ve faced since the start of last term in Europe have been Ajax, Leverkusen and Roma, losing four of these games and conceding at least twice in all but one of these.
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