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Manchester United’s 2021/22 Champions League group-stage campaign draws to a close on Wednesday as we host Swiss side Young Boys at Old Trafford. The Reds have already secured a spot in next February’s round of 16 as group winners but will be hoping to bow out of this stage on a high as Ralf Rangnick manages his first European game as United boss. The visitors, meanwhile, have plenty to play for as a win could still qualify them for the Europa League knockout stages.
Rangnick will hold his pre-match press conference at 13:30 GMT on Tuesday, where he is expected to give updates on the state of his squad but it would not be surprising if the German opts to rotate, especially with qualification guaranteed. Anthony Elanga came on as a second-half substitute at the weekend and may be in line for his senior European debut, while Mason Greenwood also made a first appearance for a month after his recent recovery from COVID-19. Nemanja Matic and Aaron Wan-Bissaka returned to the bench at Old Trafford after injury, although Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial were left out of the squad after experiencing pain in training. Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and Edinson Cavani could remain on the sidelines.
The visitors’ first-choice centre-back pair Mohamed Ali Camara (thigh) and Cedric Zesiger (metatarsal) have missed much of the season, although Camara returned as a substitute during Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Servette. Back-up goalkeeper Guillaume Faivre continues to deputise for David von Ballmoos, who suffered a dislocated shoulder in mid-October, while last season’s top scorer Jean-Pierre Nsame hasn’t featured all season after rupturing an Achilles tendon in May. Winger Christian Fassnacht suffered a concussion in early November and it continues to keep him on the sidelines, with centre-forward Meschack Elia moving out wide to compensate.
The Rangnick era got off to a positive start on Sunday, with Fred’s 78th-minute goal enough to see off the challenge of Crystal Palace. That was United’s second consecutive Premier League win and third victory in four games in all competitions, when including the 2-0 European success over Villarreal a fortnight ago.
Young Boys had their hearts broken last time out in the Champions League, as Luis Muriel’s late equaliser in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Atalanta ended their hopes of finishing in the top two. David Wagner’s side are in the midst of a difficult run domestically, having taken just five points from a possible 18, and have dropped from top spot to fourth, nine points behind pacesetters FC Zurich, albeit with a game in hand.
The 20-time English champions will face Norwich City and Brentford away in their next two league games, and Rangnick will have the luxury of resting players for this Champions League fixture, with the club already guaranteed a spot in the knockout round of the competition as Group F winners.
Man United have not shown their best form in this year’s group stage and actually lost their opener away to Young Boys in the middle of September, but they have picked up 10 points from their last four matches, and the 2-0 success over Villarreal on November 23 secured a spot in the round of 16.
It will be fascinating to see what the team can achieve this season under Rangnick, with the German’s high-pressing brand of football on full display against Palace on Sunday; it was far from perfect, but there was a huge improvement, and the clean sheet was the team’s first at Old Trafford in the league this term.
The festive period will be key for the Red Devils in their bid to move back into the top four, and the January transfer window is also expected to be key for the club, who are still more than capable of carving out a successful 2021-22 campaign despite their early-season issues.
Young Boys, meanwhile, are currently fourth in Group F, boasting four points from their five matches courtesy of a record of one win, one draw and three defeats.
The Swiss outfit are only two points behind third-placed Atalanta and can still claim a Europa League spot, although they would need to win at Old Trafford and hope that Atalanta lose to second-placed Villarreal.
Young Boys, who won the Swiss Super League for the 15th time last term, have already played 11 times in this season’s Champions League, having entered the competition in the second qualifying round, while they have lost only four of their last 10 away European matches, which should hand them confidence.
David Wagner’s team have lost two of their last three league games, including a 2-1 defeat to Servette on Saturday, which has left them down in fourth position in the Super League.
The Yellows and Blacks know what it takes to beat Man United, though, having come from behind to record a 2-1 victory over the Red Devils in the reverse match in Bern on September 14.