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Young Boys vs. Manchester United Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
14 September 2021
Wankdorf Stadium – Champions League
Manchester United players celebrate beating Leeds earlier in the season
Premier League giants Manchester United travel to Switzerland to play the relative minnows of Young Boys in this Champions League opener. The Red Devils are the hot favourites as we look ahead to the football betting online for Tuesday’s European fixture.
These clubs were paired together in the Champions League group stage in 2018. Paul Pogba scored a brace as Man United won 3-0 at the Wankdorf Stadium in the first meeting, before an injury-time strike from Marouane Fellaini clinched a 1-0 victory for the Reds in the return at Old Trafford.
Former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner is sweating on the fitness of a number of players as he prepares to take his place in the home dugout. Jordan Lefort, Joel Monteiro and Jean-Pierre Nsame are all facing late fitness tests, while Fabian Lustenberger and Esteban Petignat are also doubts for Young Boys.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set for his second European debut for Man United, although Edinson Cavani is competing for a place up front. Jadon Sancho is a slight doubt after picking up a knock on England duty, while Scott McTominay and Marcus Rashford are both out until next month. Alex Telles and Dean Henderson are further injury absentees for the visitors.
Young Boys vs. Manchester United Preview and Predictions
All of a sudden, Manchester United have gone from relative no-hopers to a team in the conversation when it comes to potential Champions League winners this season. Even without the Ronaldo effect, the Red Devils should have far too much quality for Swiss outfit Young Boys in this Group F opener.
With Europa League champions Villarreal and talented Serie A side Atalanta both in this group, United need to make a good start this week. For Young Boys, they will surely have to win at least a couple of their home games if they’re to stand any chance of progress. Third place and a spot in the Europa League would appear to be their ceiling, however.
They may have won the Swiss Super League in each of the last four seasons, but Wagner’s side have made a poor start to the new campaign. They only managed one win from their opening four matches, prior to the weekend, while their price of 7.00 doesn’t make Young Boys particularly attractive in the betting.
United are the 1.42 favourites, while the draw at 5.00 would appear to be the home team’s best chance of a result. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is packed with quality across the pitch, while the Reds suddenly have vast levels of Champions League-winning experience thanks to the summer arrivals of Ronaldo and Raphaël Varane.
Anything other than an away win on Wednesday would constitute a major shock. United may be a much-changed team from when these clubs crossed paths three years ago, but a pair of victories home and away appears to be on the cards once again for the Old Trafford outfit.
Man United to win to nil at 2.60
The Reds kept two clean sheets the last time these teams met in the Champions League group stage, and Solskjaer will expect his team to do the same again here.
Man United to win 2-0 at 8.25
United scored four goals in those two previous meetings, and this is a scoreline that’s worth keeping an eye on this week.