How Manchester United should line up vs BSC Young Boys in Champions League opener

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Manchester United are back in Champions League action on Tuesday as they travel to Switzerland to face BSC Young Boys.

Galvanised by the goal-scoring return of Cristiano Ronaldo in the emphatic 4-1 victory over Newcastle United on Saturday, United will be hoping to keep the momentum rolling and get off to a good start in the group stage.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been handed a much more favourable draw than they were in last year’s competition, but they will need to be wary of the threats their opponents pose to avoid another elimination before the knock-out stages.

United have suffered no fresh injury concerns after the weekend’s game, but continue to be without Edinson Cavani, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, Dean Henderson, Alex Telles, Amad and Phil Jones.

Will Ronaldo and United’s other top stars keep their place or will Solskjaer rotate to keep players fresh?

Samuel Luckhurst

There is no need to change the goalkeeper but there needs to be a change at right-back. Diogo Dalot excelled on his United debut at Young Boys in the Champions League opener three years ago and Aaron Wan-Bissaka is starting by default at the moment. The rest of the back four should be unchanged.

Nemanja Matic has to come out of the side as he is needed this weekend at West Ham. The only way to justify a Donny van de Beek start whilst keeping Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes is to put Pogba on the left.

Cristiano Ronaldo has to start and Jesse Lingard deserves to start.

Tyrone Marshall

I would be making changes here given this should be one of the easier games in the group and that Young Boys play on a synthetic pitch which can be testing.

That means a rest for Ronaldo, at least from the start. His fresh legs could be needed at West Ham on Sunday. In defence Maguire and Shaw can keep their partnership together down the left, but Lindelof deserves a start and Dalot can give Wan-Bissaka a rest.

I’d change the midfield completely, safe in the knowledge that UEFA’s decision to stick with five subs means you can make changes early if required. Fred looks likely to come in and Van de Beek can make a start alongside him. In place of Fernandes it’s time for Lingard to get a go from the start. He’s looked in the mood since pre-season.

With no Cavani and this looking like a chance to rest Ronaldo, it means Martial can get a chance to lead the line. Greenwood is in fine form and can play on the right while Sancho looks in need of games to get up to speed.

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