19th September, 2018.
It is the turn of Manchester United to show what they have on offer in the European Champions League as they take on Swiss Champions, Young Boys away from home in their first group game of the competition this evening.
ManU will be going into this game in high spirits and with a good level of confidence as a result of consecutive morale-boosting wins away from home in the Premier League, against Burnley and Watford, either side of the international break.
The team is further boosted by the good news concerning Luke Shaw and Marcus Rashford who have been confirmed fit to feature in today’s game.
It gets even better for ManU as there are positive indications that summer signing Diogo Dalot could finally make his first-team debut after recovering from injury.
However for precautionary reasons, the team captain, Antonio Valencia has been left at home to prevent aggravation to his knee on the artificial surface at the Stade de Suisse.
On a happy note still, Nemanja Matic will be available as, like Rashford, his domestic suspension doesn’t apply in European competition.
As far as Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo are concerned, they are still working their way back to full fitness.
For the Young Boys side, they would be without two of their players for this game – young midfielders Jordan Lotomba (knee) and Sandro Lauper (ankle).
As far as their current form is concerned, Young Boys have had a very excellent start to their new season, having won nine of their 10 games in all competitions so far in 2018/19.
They are also the current leaders of the Swiss Super League, with an eight-point lead already at the top of the table, having won their opening six league matches.
It will be recalled that Young Boys qualified for this competition based on the fact that they were crowned Swiss champions for the 12th time last season but for the first time since 1986, finishing 15 points ahead of second-placed FC Basel to win the Swiss Super League.
They then followed up their domestic title success by making some European history of their own, qualifying for the Champions League group stage for the first time after beating Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb 3-2 on aggregate in the play-offs.
The last time Manchester United played against a Swiss team, was in the Champions League last season against Basel, as Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku scored to earn Mourinho’s men a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford.