Manchester United kick off their Champions League campaign against Young Boys in Switzerland tonight.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has named his starting 11 for the match and the big news is Donny van de Beek has been handed his first start of the season.

It is a big opportunity for the Dutchman who has been waiting for a chance to show what he can do.

This is how Manchester United line-up for the game:

Starting XI:ย De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw, Fred, Van de Beek, Fernandes, Pogba, Sancho, Ronaldo

Substitutes:ย Heaton, Kovar, Bailly, Dalot, Varane, Lingard, Elanga, Mata, Matic, Greenwood, Martial

Here is how the team compares to our predicted XI for tonight’s match.


This is a game United should win on paper, against theoretically the worst team in the group.

But United came unstuck in the corresponding fixture in last season’s group phase, losing 2-1 against Istanbul Basaksehir.

There is no room for complacency or allowing standards to slip, despite the fact Solskjaer has made three changes from Saturday’s 4-1 win over Newcastle.

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Van de Beek, along with Victor Lindelof and Fred, have come into the team, with Raphael Varane, Mason Greenwood and Nemanja Matic dropping out.

Last season, United’s away performances were better than the home ones but that has flipped around this term.

The Old Trafford meetings with Leeds and Newcastle have produced two wins and nine goals.

The trips to Southampton and Wolves have seen stodgy performances rewarded with just two goals. A big away performance is needed tonight to get the group stage off to a flying start.

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