Manchester United will get their Champions League campaign underway today when they take on BSC Young Boys.
United will be looking to build upon their galvanising 4-1 hammering of Newcastle United on Saturday and get the group stage off to a strong start, especially as they failed to qualify for the knock-outs last season after losing out to Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
This year’s draw has been more favourable but Young Boys, Atalanta and Villarreal – who defeated United in last year’s Europa League final – mustn’t be overlooked.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken a very strong squad to Bern, with Cristiano Ronaldo included, but Edinson Cavani remains unavailable.
“Edi is hopefully back with us soon,” Solskjaer said. “He had a slight strain in the international week after the in-house game, he’s working hard to get back.”
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