Manchester United 0-0 Young Boys, LIVE – Latest score including updates on Champions League group rivals Juventus 0-0 Valencia clash
- Manchester United can take a big step towards Champions League qualification
- United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Shaw, Matic, Fellaini, Fred, Lingard, Rashford, Martial
- Young Boys XI: Ballmoos, Mbabu, Camara, von Bergen, Benito, Sulejmani, Sow, Lauper, Aebischer, Assale, Nsame
- Juventus XI: Szczesny, Sandro, Chiellini, Cancelo, Bonucci, Matuidi, Pjanic, Bentancur, Ronaldo, Mandzukic, Dybala
- Valencia XI: Neto, Wass, Paulista, Diakhaby, Gaya, Kondogbia, Parejo, Coquelin, Guedes, Rodrigo, Mina
- Follow all the action between Lyon and Manchester City here with Sportsmail
48min: It’s at that point where cards are the big talking points.
Referee had enough of the snipy challenges and produces his second card of the evening. Meanwhile, all eyes are on Jose Mourinho and United’s subs bench.
How long before we see Pogba or Lukaku?
It’s got to get better, hasn’t it?
Change at the break for Young Boys as Ulisses Garcia comes on for Steve von Bergen who had that issue in the first half.
Roma 0-0 Real Madrid
Hoffenheim 2-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
Bayern Munich 3-0 Benfica
Lyon 0-0 Manchester City
Well that was… gripping?
Another half has passed United by and they remain the only side in the Champions League this season still to score at home.
They have 45 minutes to fix that or they will be in the history books for all the wrong reasons.
Not a classic by United’s standards in Europe over the years.
42min: More disappointment and groans from the home fans after Rashford, again bursting clear of his marker, this time down the left, mucks up his final product when it comes to the cross.
He cuts it back but it fails to meet anyone in a Reds shirt and it is yet more frustration with half-time looming.
The man Rashford turned so sucessfully was Young Boys’ No 5 Steve von Bergen as his knee jarred.
He looks in real discomfort and the bench is prepped in case he cannot continue.
38min: Rashford does so well to drop the shoulder and leave his man as he scampers clear down the right touchline.
But he is indecisive and by the time he sorts his feet out to cross, Young Boys have been able to get bodies back and clear.
Must. Try. Harder.
That’s what I assume the message is in both Manchester and Turin.
I’m hoping the curse of the live commentator strikes and a glut of goals arrives any second.
0-0 in both ties after 30 minutes though.
26min: Excellent play. A driven pass from inside his own half from Chris Smalling finds the feet of Marcus Rashford, he takes a touch before unleashing an effort which sails just wide of the post.
Much trickier than his earlier efforts but that was great build-up from the back.
The defensive midfielder is the first name into the book after a cynical attempt to stop a Young Boys counter attack having seen a move break down on the edge of the visitors box.
It appeared Luke Shaw had been cautioned after pulling back his man but the United left back got away with that one.
20min: United have dominated every minute so far and will know that an early goal is likely to kill off Young Boys’ current resistance.
Rashford has had the two best chances but spurned both of them. Martial and Lingard have looked lively which bodes well.
There is a sense of when not if the goal will come. Far much better already than the 0-0 against Crystal Palace.
While Lukaku is slumped on the bench, Pogba looks quizzical and it has me wondering what he may be thinking about.
Maybe he is thinking about bringing the emoji back? Whether to restart the snood craze? Who knows…
15min: Fred has been very tidy so far, switching the play with some sense of urgency.
Rashford is getting on the end of all the best chances but this time it is straight at the goalkeeper and he really needs to start being more clinical if he is going to argue his case to be the club’s No 9.
Mourinho’s face says it all. Rashford had to score when through on goal.
9min: Young Boys beginning to sense the best form of defense is to attack tonight.
They have a corner on the left but it comes to nothing and you get the sense set-pieces could be vital for them if chances are at a premium.
Surprise, surprise Cristiano Ronaldo has been at the heart of everything for Juventus so far.
He has had the best early chance which brought out a good save. Remains 0-0 in Turin, though.
5min: A ball from Luke Shaw destined for Jesse Lingard manages to run through to Marcus Rashford who is set through one-on-one.
The Englishman bears down on goal but scoops his effort over and when it pans to boss Jose Mourinho, all he can do is shake his head in disgust.
Massive let-off for Young Boys!
3mins: All you can hear right now is the bouncing fans in the away end.
United looking to start on the front foot but not much in it so far. Couple of niggly fouls from the visitors as they look to peg back both Luke Shaw and Antonio Valencia.
Underway in Manchester and Turin! Go, go, go!
Huge flame lights up the away end and that is unlikely to go down well with security officials at Old Trafford.
But we are ready to go… moments away!
Ready for this one. Players laughing and joking in the tunnel but United know they need to get the business done tonight.
They will not want to have to go to Valencia needing a result to qualify.
And while Dortmund is known for its ‘Yellow Wall’, Young Boys have laid on their own tonight and it is mightily impressive!
Significant result this.
Means that without even kicking a ball this evening, both Roma and Real Madrid are now through to the knockout stages.
Takes the pressure off somewhat ahead of the upcoming kick-off at the Stadio Olympico in Rome.
While United need to just focus on events at Old Trafford, they will know that Juventus need to do them a favour by beating Valencia in Turin.
In the reverse fixture Juve overcame adversity after Cristiano Ronaldo saw red as Miralem Pjanic grabbed a brace.
Something similar tonight would be ideal for Mourinho and Co.
On a night that started so well for CSKA Moscow, it’s completely changed now with 10 minutes to go.
Lukas Hejda has made it 2-1 after a smart move. Disaster for the Russians!
Jose Mourinho to BT Sport pre-match: ‘They are always asking for Rashford to play, so you cannot complain that Rashford is playing as a number nine. And people like Fred, they play, so you cannot complain that Fred is playing. So fresh blood, fresh legs, people that did not play in the last match two days ago.
‘I always think that to play after two days is never so easy. I try to keep a certain stability in the team, but with fresh people and the three attacking players are Lingard, Rashford and Martial. All of them young, all of them fast, all of them are supposedly fresh, so that’s the way we go.’
‘I think this is just something not usual, these results,’ the manager of the Swiss champions said.
‘I think Manchester United are strong at home and, for sure, also they want to show to their crowd that they are strong also at home.’
Bring on the knockout stages! Dusan Tadic gets in behind and having been teed up beuatifully by Klaas Jan Huntelaar, the former Southampton attacker had the simple task of side-footing home.
The first time reaching the Champions League knockout stages in 13 years and surely it is a formality now? 16 minutes to go in Athens against the 10-men of AEK.
Drama in Athens!
Imagine getting sent off on your Champions League debut? Well, Marko Livaja does not need to wonder any longer after he was shown a second yellow for a handball inside the area.
Dusan Tadic took responsibility from the penalty spot and he sent the goalkeeper the wrong way to make it 1-0. Big moment from referee Michael Oliver!
Donny van de Beek so close to breaking the deadlock in what has been a bit of a nothing game.
Ajax keen to win this and secure safe passage but the 21-year-old’s poke at goal crashes against the post.
So close for the visitors!
Granted, United’s form at home in the Champions League has been well below par this year but some bookmakers appear to be jumping the gun on Mourinho’s future by banking on a Young Boys win.
Odds on United boss Jose Mourinho to be sacked in anticipation of a shock Young Boys win at Old Trafford tonight have been slashed – according to research by betting data experts Bookmakers.tv.
United are struggling at Old Trafford, having not scored there in the Champions League this season, drawing one and losing one – prompting Mourinho to move from 12/1 down to 8/1 in the sack race market.
Palace stalemate was disappointing but it would be some shock if Young Boys leave Old Trafford with anything this evening!
Equaliser in Moscow.
Roman Prochazka makes amends for his penalty miss at the end of the first half with a fine curling effort.
He might have thought his big chance had gone but he’s done well with this strike and it is game on at 1-1. Still nothing happening of note in Athens…
Juventus XI vs Valencia: Szczesny, Sandro, Chiellini, Cancelo, Bonucci, Matuidi, Pjanic, Bentancur, Ronaldo, Mandzukic, Dybala
Valencia XI vs Juve: Neto, Wass, Paulista, Diakhaby, Gaya, Kondogbia, Parejo, Coquelin, Guedes, Rodrigo, Mina
Young Boys XI: Ballmoos, Mbabu, Camara, von Bergen, Benito, Sulejmani, Sow, Lauper, Aebischer, Assale, Nsame.
Subs: Wolfli, Bertone, Ngamaleu, Fassnacht, Schick, Garcia, Seydoux.
Was left very impressed by former Newcastle United full-back Kevin Mbabu in the reverse match. Frightening levels of pace.
Back underway in the early matches but events in Athens continue to turn nasty with lots of bangs and explosion sounds very clear over the match commentary.
The Chilean trained on Monday but he is not in the matchday squad at all this evening.
He did well down the middle against both Bournemouth and Juventus so he will be disappointed to have missed out all together here.
United XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Jones, Shaw, Matic, Fellaini, Fred, Lingard, Rashford, Martial.
Subs: Romero, Bailly, Mata, McTominay, Pereira, Pogba, Lukaku.
Antonio Valencia comes in while Phil Jones and Luke Shaw replace Victor Lindelof and Ashley Young from the 0-0 against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
No Romelu Lukaku or Paul Pogba from the start though – both begin on the bench tonight.
Juve’s dressing room ready and waiting for the players to get changed for this one…
CSKA Moscow 1-0 Viktoria Plzen
AEK Athens 0-0 Ajax
Trust me to have pinned my hopes on a cracker in Athens. Remains 0-0 at half-time.
But back to Moscow where Viktoria Plzen missed a huge chance to equalise on the stroke of the interval.
A dreadful penalty was easily saved by Akinfeev as he looks to preserve a clean sheet in the frosty conditions. 1-0 there.
The two sides meet in a Group E match in Greece on Tuesday night – but the build up to the game was marred by violence in the stands.
Riot police were deployed to deal with the trouble as a fire raged inside Greece’s Olympic stadium following a shocking explosion ahead of the early kick-off.
After the recent traffic troubles for the visits of Valencia and Juventus, it appeared United had become cursed trying to reach their own stadium in Europe’s premier club competition.
But Sportsmail’s CHRIS WHEELER brings good news for United fans.
The team bus arrived a few minutes ago and there will be no such rush ahead of kick-off from the Red Devils this time round.
‘If you feel pressure stay at home and when I say “home” I don’t say stadium home, I say home home and watch on TV,’ said the United boss, who has orchestrated away wins over Young Boys and Juventus in this season’s Champions League.
‘When the people come to support, come on. I don’t feel pressure to play at home.
‘I think it would be a lack of respect to the stadium and fans to say we prefer to play away from home, I totally refuse to say that. Do I prefer to play tomorrow at Young Boys here or go to Bern I would say immediately to play at home. Always.’
BEN NAGLE: Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United stars have arrived at their hotel ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash with Young Boys – and they are situated less than half a mile from Old Trafford!
Following two previous travel disasters that saw their preparation time shredded, United’s staff are going for third time lucky in their hotel just a 10-minute walk from the ground.
Manager Mourinho arrived first at the Hilton Garden Inn next to the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, before most of his players turned up by coach around midday.
Took 10 minutes but CSKA are ahead through a Nikola Vlasic penalty.
Delight for the Russians as their last-16 hopes remain in tact…
The action has been pretty tame but the same cannot be said for the stands inside AEK Athens’ Olympic Stadium.
Greek riot police came face to face with a number of Ajax’s visiting supporters where huge flames and flares lit up the away end in unsavoury scenes as the match was in its infancy.
Full story on this to follow.
It cannot be underestimated how important victory over Juventus in Turin was for Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.
Outplayed for much of the game, a late surge saw two late goals give them a much stronger position in the group.
Provided Valencia do not beat Juventus tonight – if that happens no result from United can secure qualification – Mourinho’s side will progress with a win.
Well, snow is falling… provided you are in the stands at CSKA Moscow-Viktoria Plzen.
Bitterly cold night there but little to separate the two sides in the early exchanges.
English representation in Athens as referee Michael Oliver takes charge.
We are underway as Ajax look to book their spot in the last-16. Plenty of empty seats for this one – not a fixture to capture the imagination of either set of supporters.
But nonetheless the early matches are underway so stay tuned for updates.
AEK Athens v Ajax (17.55)
Bayern Munich v Benfica
Lyon v Manchester City
Hoffenheim v Shakhtar Donetsk
CSKA Moscow v Viktoria Plzen (17.55)
Roma v Real Madrid
Juventus v Valencia
Manchester United v Young Boys
All kick-offs 20.00 unless stated
After the recent perils of the international break, club football and most importantly Champions League football has come back round for the latest episode.
The dramatic 2-1 win over Group H leaders Juventus in Turin has put fate back into United’s hands tonight and a win – provided Valencia do not beat Juventus – will see them secure safe passage to the knockout stages.
Action gets underway at 20:00 at Old Trafford and so stay with me between now and then and I’ll keep you across all the action with AEK Athens-Ajax and CSKA Moscow-Viktoria Plzen in action in five minutes…
Manchester United can secure progression to the Champions League knockout stages if they beat Young Boys and Valencia do not beat Juventus in Turin.
Jose Mourinho’s side took back control of their fate after a dramatic win against Group H leaders Juventus in the last round of group matches.
A win over Young Boys away from home will give Mourinho’s side confidence and the Portuguese will be desperately seeking a response from his players after the disappointment of Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace.
Follow all the action as it happens at Old Trafford right here with Sportsmail’s NATHAN SALT.
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