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Young Boys v Manchester United facts

Young Boys celebrate reaching the group stage for the first time ©BSC Young Boys

Young Boys have finally reached the UEFA Champions League group stage, and kick off their debut campaign against European heavyweights in the shape of Manchester United.

• The Swiss champions have made it through qualifying this season at sixth attempt, and have been rewarded with a high-profile section that also includes Juventus and Valencia.

• United, meanwhile, will be looking to lay down an early marker in what is the first game between the clubs – but also have reason to be wary given their recent form in Switzerland.

Form guide
Young Boys
• Young Boys were Swiss champions in 2017/18 – their 12th league title, but a first since 1986.

• Gerardo Seoane's side overcame Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb to reach the group stage for the first time, following a 1-1 home draw with a 2-1 away success. Young Boys' five previous UEFA Champions League campaigns all ended in qualifying, including in 2017/18 when they beat Dynamo Kyiv in the third qualifying round but lost to CSKA Moskva in the play-offs.

• Young Boys did reach the semi-finals of the 1958/59 European Champion Clubs' Cup, losing 3-1 over two legs against Stade de Reims.

Highlights: Young Boys overcome Dinamo Zagreb in play-offs

• The Berne side have won only two of their last ten European games (D4 L4), beating Skënderbeu 2-1 on matchday six of last season's UEFA Europa League in addition to the win in Zagreb. The fixture with the Albanian club was Young Boys' last European engagement of 2017/18, as they finished third in their section. 

• Young Boys have won only one of their six previous fixtures against English clubs – the first, a 3-2 defeat of Tottenham in the 2010/11 UEFA Champions League play-offs first leg. They lost the return 4-0, and most recently went down home (1-4) and away (1-3) against Everton in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 32 – Romelu Lukaku, now of United, scoring five goals in the tie.

Manchester United
• Second in last season's Premier League, United are in the group stage for the second year running and the 22nd time overall – fewer only than the 23 participations of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Porto.

• José Mourinho's side finished top of their section in 2017/18, edging out another Swiss club in Basel, but then bowed out in the first knockout round, losing 2-1 on aggregate to Sevilla (0-0 away, 1-2 home) in the last 16.

• United had opened their 2017/18 campaign with a 3-0 home defeat of Basel thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini, Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, but were beaten 1-0 in Switzerland in their penultimate fixture. The Basel defeat was the only one of United's six group games they failed to win.

Highlights: Manchester United's European set

• That was the Red Devils' second successive loss in Switzerland, having gone down 2-1 at Basel in December 2011 – ending their participation in that season's UEFA Champions League.

• Last season's defeat at Basel ended a seven-game unbeaten European away record (W5 D2) – United have now not won in their last two away matches.

• United have lost only three of their last 20 European matches, home and away (W13 D4).

Links and trivia
• Anthony Martial was on target in Monaco's 4-0 home defeat of Young Boys in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round second leg, completing a 7-1 aggregate success for the French club.

• Djibril Sow's goal was not enough to prevent Switzerland slipping to a 4-2 defeat against Diogo Dalot's Portugal in a 2019 UEFA European Under-21 Championship qualifier on 27 March.