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Young Boys vs Manchester United: Three players who must start

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United travel to the Swiss capital of Bern to play Young Boys in their first Champions League game of the season on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho‘s last European campaign ended in misery as his side lost 1-2 at home to Sevilla in the round of 16.

Man United lost away to FC Basel – the team normally representing Switzerland at this level – last season but have never played a competitive game against Young Boys.

Here are three players who Mourinho has to start on Wednesday night.

Luke Shaw

The club’s ‘Player of the Month’ for August would have been devastated to miss out on the trip to Watford on Saturday after picking up a concussion the week before. Thankfully, though, this is the perfect game for him, with Mourinho keen to give Ashley Young a rest after playing 90 minutes at Vicarage Road.

He will be expected to attack and stretch the Swiss side down the left hand side like he did in the win over Burnley. Young Boys are, at this stage, something of an unknown prodigy, and unexperienced at this level: they will not like the sight of Shaw running at them full pelt.

Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian certainly has his shooting boots on. After drawing a painful blank against Tottenham Hotspur, he has scored twice against Burnley, three times for his country over the international break, and once again in the win over Watford, surpassing Dider Drogba’s Premier League total in the process.

He will fancy his chances of increasing his total against Young Boys.


Mourinho has opted for the physicality of Marouane Fellaini instead of his new signing in trips to Burnley and Watford, but this certainly feels like the kind of game for Fred, whose performances in the Champions League last season were a major factor in United bidding for him.

Alongside Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, he will be expected to move the ball quickly through the middle and dominate the centre of the pitch.

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