Ghana's No. 1

Youthful Man Utd side held by Young Boys

Published on: 08 December 2021

Mason Greenwood's opener was his first Champions League goal of the season

Mason Greenwood's spectacular ninth-minute opener failed to inspire Manchester United's second string who were held to a disappointing Champions League draw by Swiss side Young Boys.

With qualification as group winners having been secured with a game to spare, interim boss Ralf Rangnick gave all 11 players who started the Premier League win over Crystal Palace a night off.

But, other than Greenwood, who brilliantly volleyed Luke Shaw's cross into the corner, it was not a night when United's fringe players made much of an impression.

A rare opportunity for Donny van de Beek only resulted in the Dutchman providing 19-year-old Fabian Rieder with the chance to equalise for David Wagner's men and Quentin Maceiras should have won it for the visitors but fired wide from an excellent position after finding himself unmarked in the box.

Rangnick introduced Robbie Savage's son, Charlie, for a first-team debut - something his dad never managed during his time as an Old Trafford junior - two minutes from time.

At the same time, Zidane Iqbal became the first British-born player of Asian heritage to make a senior appearance for the club.

The night did not end well for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who had to be taken of on a stretcher after the final whistle.

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Greenwood the star on a disappointing night

A place in Monday's draw is something of an achievement for United, who have only reached the knockout round five times since the 2011 final, when they were beaten by Barcelona, and on only four occasions since Sir Alex Ferguson retired two years later.

On this evidence, few will give them much hope of winning the competition for a fourth time, although there are a lot of big names for Rangnick to call upon when the action starts again next February.

Greenwood's latest goal means he has now scored eight in European competition - excluding qualifiers - for United, a record for any player for the club before their 21st birthday, overtaking Marcus Rashford.

Rangnick will want more from the youngster given the manager's preference to press high up the pitch, something which will only give his chances of breaking back into Gareth Southgate's England squad a lift.

Henderson with a point to prove

Of all the players given a starting spot by Rangnick, goalkeeper Dean Henderson had the most pressing need to impress.

Overlooked this season by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after missing the start of the campaign, Henderson is desperate to play regularly to try to regain his England spot, and if January comes and he still finds himself on the bench, he is likely to seek a loan move.

A couple of dashes out of his box to make clearances and a decent save to deny Christopher Martins' effort represented a decent opening period until Rieder struck.

In fairness to Henderson, the fault was not his as skipper Nemanja Matic played a pass to Van de Beek in a dangerous position which the Dutchman, given a rousing reception by the home fans who feel he should be given more opportunities, failed to control.

Henderson was left exposed too often after half-time as United's second string found it an increasing struggle to keep their opponents at bay.

Maceiras should have scored in what was the last bit of action around Henderson's goal before the keeper was replaced by Tom Heaton, who was making his United debut nearly two decades after he first joined the club.

Player of the match

BaillyEric Bailly

with an average of 6.54

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Squad number72Player nameSavageAverage rating


Squad number43Player nameMengiAverage rating


Squad number26Player nameHendersonAverage rating


Squad number73Player nameIqbalAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameHeatonAverage rating


Squad number34Player namevan de BeekAverage rating


Squad number23Player nameShawAverage rating


Squad number16Player nameDialloAverage rating


Squad number14Player nameLingardAverage rating


Squad number47Player nameShoretireAverage rating


Squad number36Player nameElangaAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameMataAverage rating


Squad number31Player nameMaticAverage rating


Squad number29Player nameWan-BissakaAverage rating


Young BoysAvgSquad number36Player nameHeftiAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameMaierAverage rating


Squad number32Player nameRiederAverage rating


Squad number30Player nameLauperAverage rating


Squad number8Player nameSierroAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameKangaAverage rating


Squad number20Player nameAebischerAverage rating


Squad number4Player nameCamaraAverage rating


Squad number35Player nameMartins PereiraAverage rating


Squad number91Player nameFaivreAverage rating


Squad number28Player nameLustenbergerAverage rating


Squad number15Player nameEliaAverage rating


Squad number17Player nameSiebatcheuAverage rating


Squad number13Player nameMoumi NgamaleuAverage rating


Squad number25Player nameLefortAverage rating


Squad number24Player nameMaceirasAverage rating


    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsMan Utd

Formation 4-1-4-1

26Henderson29Wan-Bissaka3Bailly31Matic23Shaw34van de Beek16Diallo8Mata14Lingard36Elanga11Greenwood

    26HendersonSubstituted forHeatonat 68'minutes29Wan-Bissaka3Bailly31Matic23ShawSubstituted forMengiat 61'minutes34van de Beek16DialloSubstituted forShoretireat 68'minutesBooked at 79mins8MataSubstituted forSavageat 89'minutes14LingardSubstituted forIqbalat 89'minutes36Elanga11Greenwood



Young Boys

Formation 4-4-2

91Faivre24Maceiras4Camara28Lustenberger25Lefort13Moumi Ngamaleu20Aebischer35Martins Pereira32Rieder15Elia17Siebatcheu

    91Faivre24Maceiras4CamaraSubstituted forLauperat 77'minutes28Lustenberger25Lefort13Moumi Ngamaleu20AebischerSubstituted forSierroat 62'minutes35Martins Pereira32RiederSubstituted forHeftiat 62'minutes15EliaSubstituted forMaierat 87'minutes17SiebatcheuSubstituted forKangaat 62'minutes



Referee:Benoît BastienMatch StatsHome TeamMan UtdAway TeamYoung BoysPossessionHome49%Away51%ShotsHome7Away17Shots on TargetHome5Away5CornersHome2Away4FoulsHome8Away14Live TextPost update

Match ends, Manchester United 1, Young Boys 1.

90'+7'Full Time

Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Young Boys 1.

90'+1'Post update

Corner, Young Boys. Conceded by Shola Shoretire.

90'Post update

Corner, Young Boys. Conceded by Teden Mengi.


Substitution, Manchester United. Charlie Savage replaces Juan Mata.


Substitution, Manchester United. Zidane Iqbal replaces Jesse Lingard.

88'Post update

Attempt missed. Nico Maier (Young Boys) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

87'Post update

Foul by Sandro Lauper (Young Boys).

87'Post update

Anthony Elanga (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, Young Boys. Nico Maier replaces Meschak Elia.

83'Post update

Foul by Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys).

83'Post update

Teden Mengi (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'Post update

Attempt missed. Vincent Sierro (Young Boys) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Meschak Elia.

82'Post update

Attempt missed. Jordan Lefort (Young Boys) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Vincent Sierro.


Shola Shoretire (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79'Post update

Meschak Elia (Young Boys) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79'Post update

Foul by Shola Shoretire (Manchester United).

77'Post update

Foul by Jordan Lefort (Young Boys).

77'Post update

Shola Shoretire (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, Young Boys. Sandro Lauper replaces Mohamed Ali Camara.

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