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Champions League – With a very overhauled squad, Manchester United concede a draw against Young Boys

Manchester United will have to be content. This Wednesday evening, the Red Devils were held in check by the Young Boys (1-1), during the sixth and final day of the group stage of the Champions League. At Old Trafford, Mason Greenwood (9th) on one side and Fabian Rieder (42nd) on the other scored two magnificent goals. In Group F, the Mancuniens, already assured of finishing first before this match, were also already qualified for the knockout stages. As for the Swiss, there was still hope to grab third place, synonymous with the Europa League. Ultimately, this precious sesame will return to Atalanta or Villarreal, whose match was postponed due to the snow.

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In a match without stakes for his charges, Ralf Rangnick had decided to turn widely. The eleven holders last weekend against Crystal Palace (1-0), in the Premier League, were absent. On the ground, however, there were known names. And one of them was not long in coming to the fore.

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After an excellent center from Luke Shaw, Mason Greenwood opened his goals counter this season in the Champions League, with a left foot scissor (9th, 1-0). The young forward has scored his eighth goal in a major European competition (excluding qualifying) for Manchester United, more than any player at the club before his 21st birthday, overtaking Marcus Rashford.

And while Manchester United has multiplied the long retention of the ball, Amad Diallo (3rd) or even Juan Mata (34th) also put Guillaume Faivre to contribution. A Swiss goalkeeper who was not surprised either in the second act, despite the danger created by Greenwood (52nd) as well as Anthony Elanga (59th).

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At that time, his family had already glued to the score, through the intermediary of Fabian Rieder (42nd), author of a very nice strike full window (42nd, 1-1). Manchester United have failed to keep their clean sheet in any of their last five Champions League group stage appearances at Old Trafford, their longest streak without a clean sheet at home at this stage of the competition .

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Dean Henderson, replacing David de Gea, was more successful in front of Michel Aebischer (28th), Rieder (32nd) or Christopher Martins Pereira (37th), before being replaced by Eric Bailly, savior on a new attempt by Aebischer (45th). Paradoxically, David Wagner’s men did not frame any attempt in the second act. However, they generally mastered it, they who even shot 17 times, in all, against seven strikes for their opponents in the evening.

At that time, Ralf Rangnick had decided to turn, bringing in young players who are not more than 19 years old, or the goalkeeper Tom Heaton. Aged 35 years and 237 days, the Manchester United goalkeeper is the oldest Englishman to make his Champions League debut since John Lukic in October 2000 for Arsenal (39 years and 311 days).

The Young Boys will not repeat the feat of the first leg and their victory (2-1), which would have allowed them to keep hope. For Manchester United, if all has not been perfect, the gist is there: a fifth game in a row unbeaten. What inevitably arouse hope.


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