Manchester United v Young Boys Tuesday November 27, 20:00 Live on BT Sport
Manchester United fail to impress, again
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accused his players of not showing "enough heart" after they limped to a goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. The Red Devils produced an insipid display at Old Trafford as they failed to win for the sixth occasion in nine in front of their home supporters.
On the eve of the game, Mourinho claimed United could break into the Premier League's top four by the end of December. But there was little evidence to back up such claims with the laboured stalemate seeing the Red Devils slide 14 points adrift of neighbours and table-toppers Manchester City after just 13 games.
Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku all made Saturday's starting XI having recovered from injury, whilst Luke Shaw is back in contention having served a domestic ban. However, Victor Lindelof aggravated a hamstring injury and looks likely to be replaced by Eric Bailly at centre-half on Saturday.
Young Boys eager to make a mark
Last season Young Boys won their first Swiss league title in 32 years, breaking the eight-year monopoly of Basel, before the Bern club entered the Champions League group-stage for the first time in their history. However, a winless return from their first four games (W0-D1-L3) means knockout qualification is already beyond them.
Gerardo Seoane was the surprise choice to takeover from outgoing head coach Adi Hutter in the summer but the inexperienced boss has guided the group to an almost-perfect start to their domestic campaign. Young Boys' 1-0 win over Lugano last time out made it W13-D1-L1 and they've already established a 16-point advantage.
French targetman Guillaume Hoarau has scored six goals in his last eight appearances but the Swiss side have seen 11 different players contribute to their 47 league goals this term. Meanwhile, the visitors head to Old Trafford without the injured Gregory Wuthrich and Jordan Lotomba.
Red Devils too short to support
Manchester United 1.29 won 3-0 when the two teams met in Switzerland in September and with Young Boys having conceded at least twice in all three previous trips to England (W0-D1-L2) since 2010, Jose Mourinho's men are expected to see off the rock-bottom guests with room to spare.
Indeed, Young Boys13.00 have shipped three goals in all three of their Group H losses (W0-D1-L3), and if we exclude continental qualifiers, the Swiss champions are winless on their travels in Europe in nine (W0-D4-L5). Nevertheless, the away side have little to lose and will want to put on a competitive performance.
It's difficult to invest faith in United at such short prices considering the hosts have failed to succeed in six of their nine Old Trafford outings this term, whilst failing to score on four occasions in front of their home supporters. Therefore, it's best to overlook the Red Devils in handicap or match winner markets here.
Both sides may oblige
Saturday's uninspiring goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace was only the third in 13 of Manchester United's Premier League matches to feature fewer than three goals as the Red Devils recorded their fourth clean sheet in 18 outings across all competitions.
The Eagles had their opportunities at Old Trafford and a forward-thinking Young Boys side should fancy their prospects of causing United problems on Tuesday evening. The Swiss side have fired only two blanks this term, took 16 efforts at goal and generated 2.08 Expected Goals in the reverse encounter in Bern.
With Over 2.5 Goals too short to support, it's worth backing Both Teams To Scoreat 2.14. It proved a profitable formula when Young Boys travelled to Valencia and with neither team impressing at the back, attacking opportunities are expected to be plentiful.
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