Man Utd’s opponents Young Boys broken down: a cohesive unit with goals in all departments

MANCHESTER UNITED can take a giant step towards the Champions League last-16 when they host Young Boys at Old Trafford tonight.

Victory for Jose Mourinho's men, coupled with Valencia failing to beat Juventus in the other Group H, will be enough to secure passage to the knock-out stage.

Man Utd’s opponents Young Boys broken down: a cohesive unit with goals in all departmentsPA:Empics Sport4 United still have work to do to reach the last-16

But Swiss Super League leaders Young Boys will have other ideas and still have hopes of dropping into the Europa League.

They are yet to win any of their four group games – including a 3-0 loss to United to September – but did hold Valencia in their last outing.

Mourinho is without Victor Lindelof but welcomes back Eric Bailly and Luke Shaw, who was suspended against Crystal Palace.

And SunSport takes a look at the threat posed by the away side.

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Man Utd’s opponents Young Boys broken down: a cohesive unit with goals in all departmentsEPA4 Striker Hoarau is injured for the trip to Old Trafford
Key man

There are no household names within the Young Boys ranks but their cohesion and talent make them a threat.

Their 47 league goals this term have been scored by 11 different players.

With 11-goal top scorer Guillaume Hoarau injured, hopes of breaking down the Red Devils will fall on Serbian left-winger Miralem Sulejmani.

Formerly of Ajax and Benfica, he has five goals this season and will fancy himself against United’s flaky defence.

Man Utd’s opponents Young Boys broken down: a cohesive unit with goals in all departmentsEPA4 The multi-lingual Seoane will hope to translate Young Boys' domestic form into some European success

Ex-Newcastle defender Kevin Mbabu continues to come on leaps and bounds back in his homeland, impressing at right-back in the first leg against United.

Manager

Gerardo Seoane has been head coach since the summer after arriving from FC Luzern, where he led them from relegation trouble to third last season.

The 40-year-old, who speaks five languages, started coaching at Luzern in 2011 and moved up the ranks before getting the manager’s role in January.

Form

The Swiss side won the league last year for the first time since 1986 and look on course to triumph again, sitting 16 points clear at the top.

Man Utd’s opponents Young Boys broken down: a cohesive unit with goals in all departmentsEPA4 Pogba stuck twice – including a penalty – in the pair's first meeting in September

Founded in 1898 the Bern-based club have widespread European experience but this is their first taste of the Champions League group stage.

They got there by beating Dinamo Zagreb in August to reach this round at the sixth attempt.

The 1958-59 European Cup semi-finalists lost 3-1 to Valencia last time out and have picked up only one point — a 1-1 draw at home to the Spaniards.

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