Manchester United started their Champions League campaign in winning fashion, beating Young Boys 3-0 in Switzerland, through a brace from Paul Pogba and a Anthony Martial finish. It was Pogba who assisted his fellow countryman, playing part in all three goals of the night. Jose Mourinho will be happy with easy with which United won the match and also with some of the individuals that did not play too much this season, Martial included.
Manchester United Should Not Have Too Many Troubles Progressing From The Group
When the groups were drawn several weeks ago, many Manchester United fans thought this was a tough group for them. Juventus brought in Cristiano Ronaldo and want to finally win the Champions League, while Valencia under Marcelino were a proper menace in LaLiga last season. However, the matches in first round – together with the league matches prior – show us that Manchester United might not actually be in any real trouble this autumn.
Valencia started their LaLiga campaign quite poorly and now they lost easily to a 10-man Juventus at home. Cristiano Ronaldo got sent off in the first half, but instead of using that to get a boost in front of their fans, Valencia conceded two penalties from which Miralem Pjanic scored to earn an easy 2-0 away win for the Old Lady. If Man United continue improving the way they have been in the past couple of matches, Valencia might not be that much of a problem, especially if they continue stumbling in the league. That competition will become their priority.
Dalot Unfazed By The Debut Night
It was a Manchester United debut for Diogo Dalot but it did not really feel like it. It was an away match in the Champions League, but the Portuguese teenager played his part very well. He was quite comfortable on the ball and going forwards. Also, his breaking up of opposition’s play looked good and he felt unfazed by the occasion. Dalot made 60 touches during the match and plenty of them were useful in the final third. A good start for him in the red shirt.
Martial Could Do With A Goal
Anthony Martial scored the third goal of the night and that goal could be very important for his season. Not just because he scored the goal, but Martial looked better and sharper than Marcus Rashford on the opposite flank. Martial was good with the ball, trying to create something and being pretty direct with his dribbles. However, there is still a long way before he becomes a regular in starting XI, but this is a good start towards getting there.
Young Boys Are Simply Far Behind
Manchester United should be very positive after such a composed win, but should still realise Young Boys are far behind the three teams in this group. They might snatch a point somewhere, but only if the teams are too precarious. Looking from this match, that might not even happen, as Young Boys do not look like they can offer much. They made plenty of shots, but with a poor defence against much stronger sides, that is far from enough.