Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

David de Gea reveals what United players know about Young Boys

David de Gea reveals what United players know about Young Boys

In that time, the 55-year-old has been surpassed by Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp, Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane as the tournament's most innovative and successful coaches.

United have left Antonio Valencia back in Manchester as they didn't want to risk his troublesome knee on the artificial surface but Luke Shaw is back in contention after missing the Watford game due to concussion.

Federer, a 20-times Grand Slam champion, has won tournaments on every playing surface in his sport, and Mourinho spoke of his admiration for the Swiss player's adaptability.

"Try to be a little happy for the ones who are playing, not critical of those not playing". "We'll have to do it".

Jose Mourinho will be keen to make-up for last season's disappointment that saw United crash out to Sevilla at the last-16 stage of the competition following a 2-1 second leg defeat at Old Trafford.

Mourinho does not need to be reminded of the potential pitfalls of a visit to Switzerland, however.

United and Young Boys have been drawn in Group H, alongside Italian champions Juventus and Spain's Valencia.

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Last season's reverse did not prevent the Reds from progressing to the knockout rounds, though.

Having served the first of his three match domestic suspension in the win over Watford on Saturday, Rashford is expected to come back into the United line-up for the Champions League opener.

Speaking to the press ahead of the game, Mourinho said: "We decided not to bring Antonio Valencia because his knee is not a knee that needs an artificial pitch at all, so we brought Luke Shaw back to the squad and to the team. We watched some videos of them and they are a good team", he told MUTV. "We found a certain balance in the team, especially in the competitive attitude, we are creating lots of chances, changing our profile of play, the way we attack opponents, and we find a way to protect ourselves in some specific situations".

He and his team-mates are still motivated to put right their premature end to last season's Champions League adventure.

Gerardo Seoane's team are now hoping to make the most of home advantage after eliminating Dinamo Zagreb in the play-offs, although he brushed off suggestions the visitors might struggle on the pitch.

United players kicked and jumped on the pitch before training on the eve of the game, with coach Michael Carrick instructing them to "get a feel for the pitch" with balls once the warm-up was completed.

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