Having been drawn into an interesting Group F, which includes Europa League final nemesis Villarreal, Italy’s free-scoring Atalanta and Swiss Super League champions Young Boys, Manchester United know their route to the continent’s elite knockout rounds will not be a straightforward task.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prepares his charges for a trip to Bern in midweek, with Young Boys now managed by a very familiar face in the Premier League in former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner, who joined to Swiss club at the start of the summer having initially held talks with West Bromwich Albion.
The Red Devils will still be celebrating their emphatic 4-1 win over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday, in which Cristiano Ronaldo marked his Old Trafford homecoming in some style, netting a brace to mellow the Magpies and ensure his side moved to the top of the table.
Attention, though, shifts to European matters and Solskjaer will be desperate to avoid a potential banana skin fixture here against arguably Group F’s weak link. Wagner, though, knows what it takes to beat Man Utd, securing a 2-1 win for Huddersfield against Jose Mourinho’s side in October 2017.
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Cristiano Ronaldo will be relishing these group-stage fixtures as the Portuguese superstar is the Champions League’s all-time record scorer. He will no doubt want to add to his tally and reach further unprecedented heights in these coming months. Should he get on the pitch then he will also equal the all-time Champions League appearance record, levelling with Iker Casillas on 177 matches.
For the Red Devils, the opening Champions League match is usually a good omen; they have lost their first match in just one of their last 21 Champions League campaigns, tasting a 2-1 defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the 2015/16 season under Louis van Gaal. Solskjaer’s job will be to ensure complacency doesn’t creep into his star-studded squad after that 4-1 rout at the weekend.
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Man Utd finished second in the 2018/19 Champions League group stages under then manager Mourinho, placing behind Juventus, and completing the double over Young Boys. At the Wankdorf Stadium, Paul Pogba netted a brace before Anthony Martial put the gloss on a 3-0 win, while back at Old Trafford, it was a last-minute Marouane Fellaini finish that separated the sides.