Young Boys manager Gerardo Seoane braced for strong response from Manchester United: ‘We expect a very difficult game’
- Manchester United were held to a goalless draw by Crystal Palace on Saturday
- The result at Old Trafford further dents United’s Premier League hopes
- It increases the importance of making the Champions League knockout stages
- Young Boys boss Gerardo Seoane is expecting a tough challenge on Tuesday
Young Boys head coach Gerardo Seoane is braced for a Manchester United response following their latest poor showing at the weekend.
Jose Mourinho’s side were jeered off the pitch for the display as much as the result against Crystal Palace, having been held to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.
It further dents United’s Premier League hopes and increases the importance of making it through to the Champions League knockout phase as early as possible.
Young Boys manager Gerardo Seoane is expecting a tough test against Manchester United
Seoane spoke to the media on the eve of the Champions League clash at Old Trafford
Mourinho’s men will be through on Tuesday if they win and Valencia fail to beat Juventus, whereas Young Boys must win to have any chance of a third place finish and reaching the Europa League.
The fact United have just won three of their nine home matches in all competitions should give the visitors hope, but Seoane believes that is merely a blip.
‘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.
‘This stadium has a big tradition.
United can qualify for the knockout stages if they win and Valencia fail to beat Juventus
The Red Devils were held to a goalless draw at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday
‘Manchester United were always the Red Devils at home so we expect a very difficult game.’
Key striker Guillaume Hoarau will be absent from Tuesday’s match through an ankle injury sustained at the weekend, with Jean-Pierre Nsame set to come in.
Sekou Sanogo is suspended for the Group H encounter, when ex-Newcastle full-back Kevin Mbabu hopes to replicate the first 30 minutes of the fixture in Bern – before United eventually kicked on to run out 3-0 victors.
‘We started really good, the first 30 minutes, against Man United, but we had a lack of efficiency,’ Mbabu said.
‘We had a few chances and when you don’t score at this level after one or two chances, the opponent doesn’t need too many chances to score a goal.’
Kevin Mbabu wants Young Boys to replicate the first 30 minutes of the fixture in Bern