Published: Thu, September 20, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Antonio Valencia will not play against Young Boys

Antonio Valencia will not play against Young Boys

It was an away match in the Champions League, but the Portuguese teenager played his part very well. However, the matches in first round - together with the league matches prior - show us that Manchester United might not actually be in any real trouble this autumn.

United begin their European campaign on their hosts' synthetic pitch on Wednesday, and Mourinho referenced Swiss tennis great Roger Federer's ability to adapt to different playing surfaces as an example of how his team should rise above the conditions. On paper, Young Boys appear to be the minnows of a very high-profile group.

Enter Paul Pogba. The French midfielder started the game having only ever scored two Champions League goals but, by half-time, had doubled his tally.

The Red Devils made the trip to Switzerland for their Champions League opener after losing 1-0 to Basel in the Uefa competition last term.

Martial extended the lead in the 66th minute, with Pogba setting him up on the left wing for the easy finish to the counter-attack, and Romelu Lukaku almost made it four in the 93rd minute but was ruled offside.

With a home game against Valencia next, United need a positive start in Group H, but Young Boys are unbeaten this season and will come into the match full of confidence.

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Alexis Sanchez was the man who made way for Martial but it's safe to say United didn't miss him.

United had 16 shots and 57 percent possession, while Young Boys did have 18 shots but tried many from deep to get back into the match.

Shaw - making his first start since suffering concussion on global duty - hailed his captain's display and believes he is up with the very best in the game.

The biggest compliment you could pay Dalot was that he did not look like a teenager making his senior debut for one of the biggest clubs in the world.

The United goalkeeper was called into action again to tip over Mohamed Ali Camara's fizzing long-range drive before Marcus Rashford clipped an effort against the outside of the post as United belatedly woke from their slumber.

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