Young Boys' players run during a training session on the eve of the UEFA Champions League group stage H football match between Young Boys and Manchester United at the Stade de Suisse stadium on September 18, 2018 in Bern. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

How Young Boys Have Fared Against English Clubs as Man Utd Prepare to Face Swiss Champions

Manchester United kick off their 2018/19 Champions League campaign against Young Boys on Wednesday night, with many expecting Jose Mourinho's team to begin with a win.


Young Boys, whose name derived from their student founders often earns a chuckle from English audiences, finally broke Basel's long dominance in the Swiss Super League last season and Mourinho is determined not to take the threat lightly, despite the club from Bern being considered group minnows beneath United, Juventus and Valencia.


"The matches against Young Boys can be fundamental in the discussion of the group," Mourinho had told ManUtd.com ahead of the game.


They are a club that has faced English opposition on several occasions in recent seasons. So as United prepare to take to the (artificial) field in the Swiss capital, here's a look at how Young Boys have got on in those past meetings...

3. Tottenham Hotspur (2010/11)

Tottenham cracked the Premier League top four in 2010, although before taking a place in the Champions League group stage they had to overcome Young Boys in a two-legged playoff.


The Swiss side had already knocked Fenerbahce out of the competition in the previous qualifying round. Naively, a strong Spurs side featuring Gareth Bale and new signing Luka Modric would have been expecting to win the tie comfortably.


Young Boys got off to a flying start and found themselves 3-0 up inside 28 minutes of the first leg. Goals from Sebastien Bassong and Roman Pavlyuchenko ensured Spurs were not out of it, before a 4-0 win in the return leg at White Hart Lane spared their blushes.  

2. Liverpool (2012/13)

Young Boys' second meeting with English opposition in Europe came during the 2012/13 season when they successfully navigated three qualifying rounds to reach the Europa League group stage, finding themselves drawn with Liverpool, Udinese and Anzhi Makachkala.


Once again they were able to breach a Premier League defence, scoring three times against Liverpool in their opening game, only to concede five at the other end. The subsequent reverse fixture finished a 2-2 draw at Anfield, a game in which Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Cole scored.


Young Boys scored the most goals in the group - 14 in six games - and were level on points with both Liverpool and Anzhi at the top. Only an inferior head to head record eliminated them.

1. Everton (2014/15)

The most recent occasion that Young Boys have faced a team from the Premier League was in the 2014/15 Europa League knockout stages when they went toe to toe with Everton over two legs in the competition's round of 32.


The Bern club had won four of their six games in the group stage to finish second behind Napoli. But even though Everton were struggling domestically, the Toffees had far too much for their Swiss opponents to handle and won comfortably in both legs.


Romelu Lukaku scored a hat-trick in a 4-1 victory in the first leg in Switzerland, before netting twice more in the 3-1 second leg, seeing Everton prevail 7-2 on aggregate.