Thursday, January 20, 2022

Prediction: Manchester United vs Young Boys

Verdict: Manchester United to score in both halves

Best Odds: 21/20

Bookmaker: Unibet

Simply looking to end their group stage run with a flurry at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, Manchester United will host a struggling Young Boys in midweek.

Manchester United

Starting with the hosts, while Manchester United might not have been at their best once again over the weekend, they did get Ralf Rangnick’s tenure off to a winning start. With their new boss in the Old Trafford dugout for the first time, the Reds managed to snatch a late 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on home soil. A side that will now be seeking some stability, the former Premier League champions have at least picked up back-to-back top-flight victories. Finding a way to build off of last week’s action-packed 3-2 win against Arsenal, the ex-RB Leipzig manager should be smelling another chance on Wednesday night. Although United might have dealt with some European issues so far this season, Rangnick’s new side have booked their spot in the knockout stage with time to spare. Last seen on Champions League duties claiming a 2-0 win away at Villarreal on November 23rd, the midweek hosts will be looking to end their Group F run with a flurry at Old Trafford.

Team News

Already booking their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s tournament, Ralf Rangnick could make a string of changes on Wednesday night.

The likes of Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Eric Bailly, and Nemanja Matic will all be hoping for a recall at Old Trafford.

Young Boys

As for the visitors, while Young Boys might have managed to land that stunning 2-1 win when they met Manchester United in the reverse meeting back in August, the Swiss outfit find themselves in the midst of a real nightmare. Putting in a dreadful second-half display over the weekend as they threw away the lead against Servette on home soil, David Wagner’s men were eventually hit with a 2-1 defeat. Already sat nine points adrift of domestic leaders Zurich and with the pressure really starting to mount on the one-time Huddersfield boss, Wednesday’s guests are seeking a minor miracle here. With the mood in their camp appearing to be at a season-low, the Yellow and Blacks have in fact recorded just a single win from any of their previous eight matchups across all formats, a run that stems back to October 23rd. It should also be noted, Wagner’s struggling squad have collected just a single point from any of their last five away fixtures on the spin.

Team News

Picking up a knock last month, it appears that defender Ulisses Garcia will not feature at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Likewise, the Swiss international will be joined on the sidelines by David von Ballmoos who is still dealing with a shoulder issue.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off back in August, Young Boys snatched a last-gasp 2-1 win on home soil.
    • However, Wednesday’s guests have managed to win just one of their last eight matchups across all formats.
    • Manchester United are unbeaten in their last four matchups, recording three wins and a single draw.
    • Cristiano Ronaldo has recorded six Champions League goals so far this season.
    • Including Sunday’s 1-0 win against Crystal Palace, Manchester United have landed back-to-back home victories for just the second time this season.

    Conclusion

    While new United boss Ralf Ragnick might be tempted to freshen up his squad in midweek, Wednesday’s hosts should be smelling a golden chance at Old Trafford. Already booking their spot in the knockout stage of this year’s Champions League, the Premier League giants will simply be looking to keep their momentum at a high here. Despite landing that stunning 2-1 victory when they welcomed United to Switzerland back in August, Young Boys are in the midst of a real crisis. Managing to win just one of their previous eight matchups from across all competitions, it is hard to see anything other than a fairly routine night’s work for Ragnick’s new squad here.

    Verdict: Manchester United to score in both halves

    Best Odds: 21/20

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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