Manchester United have named their team to face Young Boys in Switzerland later this afternoon.
The match – which kicks off at 5.45pm BST just in case you didn’t know – is United’s first in the Champions League this season, and after a decent start to the season that featured the particularly uplifting game against Newcastle at the weekend, they will be aiming to get off to a good start in Europe.
They’ll have to do so on a plastic pitch, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted it was important for his players to train on it before the game.
“At least Astroturf is green!” he said. “Being from Norway, I’m used to Astroturf pitches. There’s absolutely no complaints. You can’t have any reason to misplace a pass, to be honest. And it seems a good one. I’ve not tested it yet but it should be good… we just wanted to prepare and feel the surface, so we travelled early, and then recover.”
“You’re at the start of a new competition and we want to win every game and go all the way. But we know that we have to take one game at a time. We started brilliantly last time and then it changed against Basaksehir, that was the game that we shouldn’t have lost. We just have to focus on [Young Boys] now.”
Solskjaer said that he hopes the experience Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo have of winning the competition will prove crucial this season.
“It can only be a good thing, of course,” he said. “With Cristiano and Raphael coming in, they won it four times with Real Madrid and Cristiano won it here with us as well. I think it’s great for everyone in the team and in the squad to see those players up close. They’ve come in, gelled really well with the group and they’re here to help the team.”
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