Young Boys vs Man Utd: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Man Utd return to the Champions League this week
Man Utd return to the Champions League this week / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Manchester United begin their 2021/22 Champions League group stage with a trip to Switzerland to face Young Boys on Tuesday night.

It is potentially a favourable start back in Europe’s elite club competition for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, whose last continental game was last season’s Europa League final against Villarreal.

Young Boys, who reached the semi-finals of the 1958/59 European Cup, are reigning Swiss champions but are the weakest side in this group.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the contest...

Where to watch Young Boys vs Man Utd on TV/live stream

What time is kick off? Tuesday 14 September, 17:45 (BST)
Where is it being played? Wankdorf Stadium
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Francois Letexier (FRA)
VAR? Willy Delajod (FRA)

Young Boys team news

David Wagner
Ex-Huddersfield boss David Wagner coaches Young Boys / Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images

Young Boys are led by former Huddersfield boss and long-time Jurgen Klopp confidant David Wagner, who is without five players due to injury. That includes club captain Fabian Lustenberger, who hasn’t played since April because of an Achilles rupture.

Man Utd team news

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo will play his first Champions League game for Man Utd since the 2009 final / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo stands to make his second European debut for United, who have travelled without Edinson Cavani to Switzerland. Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay and Alex Telles also remain out as they recover from shoulder, groin and ankle injuries respectively.

Solskjaer has included 19-year-old Anthony Elanga in the squad, who scored in the Premier League at the end of last season but is yet to feature since this campaign.

Young Boys vs Man Utd predicted lineups

Young Boys: Von Ballmoos; Hefti, Zesiger, Camara, Garcia; Fassnacht, Martins, Aebischer, Ngamaleu; Elia, Siebatcheu

Man Utd: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Lingard; Ronaldo

Young Boys vs Man Utd head to head

The only previous meetings between these clubs came in the 2018/19 Champions League group stage, with a United side led by Jose Mourinho emerging victorious on both occasions.

Paul Pogba scored twice in a 3-0 win in Switzerland almost exactly three years ago, while the only goal of the reverse fixture at Old Trafford was scored late by Marouane Fellaini.

Young Boys vs Man Utd prediction

Young Boys have done well to reach the Champions League group stage for only the second time, having had to navigate three tricky qualifying rounds just to get this far. But there is no point pretending that this game is anything other than a significant mismatch.

United may have struggled against Southampton and Wolves in recent weeks, but the lift the squad has received from the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo was there to see on Saturday as they put Newcastle to the sword at Old Trafford.

Ronaldo won’t settle for second best as he attempts to drive the club back to the pinnacle of English and European football. Don’t count against him getting on the score-sheet again.

Prediction: Young Boys 0-3 Manchester United

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