Captain Paul Pogba leads, Diogo Dalot impresses for Manchester United

Arnold Nichols
September 20, 2018

"I would focus on the first match, and after that on the group phase, one of the most hard group phases, and we have two positions to qualify and our focus must be on that".

Pogba scored twice in the first half, including a golazo and a penalty kick, before Anthony Martial put the game away in the 66th minute.

United have left Antonio Valencia back in Manchester as they didn't want to risk his troublesome knee on the artificial surface but Luke Shaw is back in contention after missing the Watford game due to concussion. Since they are grouped with Juventus and Valencia, it is necessary for the Red Devils to bag three points against the Swiss opponents.

Substitute Juan Mata whipped a late effort narrowly past the post, while Romelu Lukaku saw a late effort denied by the offside flag, but it mattered little as a Pogba-inspired United got their Champions League campaign off to a flier.

"Valencia's situation, we need to protect his clinical situation, apart from that we go with everything we have and have to try and win". That competition will become their priority.


Young Boys almost pulled one back in the 73rd minute when Camara's header from a corner glanced off the near post, but they never recovered and fell to their first defeat in 10 games this season.

Mourinho was delighted with his "class" display, praising Pogba for his stunning strike from distance to open the scoring and his confidence to step up and convert from the spot, despite missing against Burnley from the same position in the Premier League.

Dalot probably won't turn into a serial record-breaking goalscoring phenomenon anytime soon, but if he can dribble past an opponent every now and again and whip a tantalising cross into the box, he could quickly emulate his Portuguese predecessors by becoming a Stretford End fan favourite. 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. He looked assured in possession, unsafe going forward and composed in defence.

Rashford has struggled for playing time during the season and has often been used out wide rather than through the middle as a striker.

Could they now be relegated to the status of yesterday's men?

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