Man United are looking to continue their early season momentum as they begin their Champions League campaign with a trip to Switzerland to take on Young Boys tonight.
The mood around the club is buoyant after a summer that saw Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and – of course – Crsitiano Ronaldo arrive at Old Trafford in a transfer window that has transformed expectations for the season ahead.
A serious Premier League title challenge is top of the agenda and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side sit top of the league, level on points with both Chelsea and Liverpool at the start of what already looks like being an epic race.
However, making a serious impression on Europe is also a key aim for a club who have not been beyond the quarter-finals of the competition since the end of the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
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Full time Young Boys 2 – 1 Man United
Full time Young Boys 2 – 1 Man United
After going a goal up courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo volley (his first touch of the match) on 13 minutes, United lost a man, lost the lead and finally lost the match.
Just after the half hour mark Aaron Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red for a poorly timed lunge and that changed the complexion of the contest.
Young Boys took control but didn’t look like they’d hit the target if they kept shooting for a month.
That changed in the second half as Moumi Ngamaleu poked home the equaliser on 66 minutes from a low and bouncing cross.
Then, in calamitous fashion, Jesse Lingard’s weak back pass was snaffled by Theoson Siebatcheu who dinked David de Gea to hand the Swiss champions a famous and deserved win.
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GOAL! Siebatcheu with the winner
GOAL! Siebatcheu wins it!
Oh Jesse Lingard what have you done?!
It’s a terrible mistake from from the United midfielder who plays a back pass to De Gea that is no where near strong enough.
Theoson Siebatcheu latches on to it and dinks it over the onrushing ‘keeper.
It’s the final act of the game. Young Boys win it. They perhaps deserve it on the balance of play but every member of the United defence will be gutted after that immense resistance.
Credit to the Young Boys though.
Young Boys with a last roll of the dice
91 mins: In the first of five added minutes Cédric Zesiger and Wilfried Kanga are thrown on for Sandro Lauper and Meschak Elia. Worth a go.
Fred makes way, Martial on
90 mins: Fred cops a lot of grief from United fans but he put in an almighty shift tonight.
He’s run his race and the broody Anthony Martial is on.
That was closer
87 mins: Well, forget the previous post, that was a lot closer. Centre back Sandro Lauper lets rip from a long way out with a near perfect technique and forces De Gea to stretch a finger tip on the dive and nudge it over the bar.
It looked like it was going over but the ‘keeper couldn’t risk it.
Corner comes to nothing as the visitors continue to scrap for a point.
Ngamaleu snatches shot and United hold on
86 mins: What would this scoreline be if Young Boys had a bit more composure when shooting?
Hard to say, but their goalscorer Ngamaleu snatches at his first time half-volley and drags it well wide. If they don’t take all three points they’ll know why.
Double switch for Young Boys
81 mins: 19-year-old Young Boy Rieder is on for Martins who had an excellent night.
Right back Hefti makes way for the experienced Sulejmani with the No. 10 on his back.
Lindelof is down
80 mins: The Swede is holding his head. This doesn’t look like fake, and there’s no question that was a collision of heads, but he’ll be in no rush to get back up.
Scratch that. He’s up.
Quick corner almost catches United cold
76 mins: If the English side are to hold on here they’ll need to stay sharp. That was anything but as a quickly taken corner from the left is worked between two Young Boys and then whipped in to the near post. It’s safely navigated but no doubt a warning shot.
Pogba manages to win a free kick down the field inside Young Boys territory. Perhaps a chance for a snatch and grab?
Varane with vital header
74 mins: This is a siege!
Varane steers a cross away with his head but the ball comes right back his way. Another wild shot means United have a breather but there is so much time left in this game. Incredible what a man disadvantage means at this level.