Soccer tips: Manchester United vs Young Boys - Red Devils to maintain momentum

Ralf Rangnick’s side have already qualified for the knockout stage, but are looking for revenge against Young Boys after falling to a defeat in their first clash.

Thanks to the work of Michael Carrick, Manchester United have already qualified to the Champions League knockout phase following their 2-0 win over Villarreal.

Meanwhile, Young Boys would need to beat United by a substantial margin if they are to reverse their negative goal difference and progress past the group stage.

That's almost definitely out of reach, but a win at Old Trafford could see David Wagner's side finish third and therefore drop to the Europa League.

With that in mind, the visitors are likely to be on the front foot against Rangnick's side, who may rotate and rest a few key stars.

Best bets for Manchester United vs Young Boys

United to win and BTTS - 15/8

Over 3.5 goals - 13/10

Marcus Rashford to score anytime - 11/8

Despite United's likelihood of resting key players, they should have enough talent and momentum to see off Young Boys on home soil.

However, with the visitors needing a win to salvage any sort of European campaign this season, United could easily ship a goal or two in what may turn out to be a very open game.

Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

United dictated the game against Crystal Palace on Sunday, much to the satisfaction of Rangnick. But they may find it harder to keep out a Young Boys side who are the second top scorers in the Swiss league.

Wagner's side have dropped to fourth both domestically and in Europe but are still finding the net with ease, having scored 33 goals in 15 games.

That spells trouble for United's back line, who have conceded 31 goals this season across all competitions.

However, an open game will suit United's attacking line-up which, regardless of rotation, will be filled with firepower.

Rangnick has already shown his desire to implement a high press at Manchester United, and that could punish a desperate Young Boys side.

With that in mind, a United win with both teams to score is my headline bet, and thanks to Planet Sport Bet it's been boosted from 17/10 to 15/8.

Manchester United vs Young Boys head-to-head record

Fred in action for Manchester United vs Young Boys

The two sides have clashed three times in the Champions League, having also been drawn in the same group in 2019.

United won the first meeting 3-0 in Switzerland, with Paul Pogba scoring a brace before Anthony Martial secured the three points in the second half.

Another win and another clean sheet followed at Old Trafford, when Marouane Fellaini's last-gasp winner gave the Red Devils a vital three points.

However, United fell to a defeat earlier this season, when Young Boys pulled off a remarkable second-half comeback to overcome Cristiano Ronaldo's opener and win 2-1.

Control may revert back to chaos

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) and Bruno Fernandes appear dejected after Watford's Ismaila Sarr (not pictured) scores their side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford.

Ever since arriving as the new Manchester United interim manager, the one word repeated by Rangnick has been 'control'.

He's encouraged his side to take charge more often in games, hoping that will increase their chances of winning. It certainly seemed to work against Crystal Palace on the weekend, but it might not be the case again on Wednesday night.

As the saying goes, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. United may have looked impressive against Palace, but they still looked vulnerable in patches and that will be a worry for Rangnick.

So often under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United matches would go down to chance, and the Norwegian would hope one of his stars would produce a moment of magic and win them a game.

It'll be tough for players to transition into playing in an organised system, and if the game opens up then their game plan could quickly go out of the window.

Essentially, their control could quickly fade and chances could open up on both sides. That suggests plenty of goals, which may not be such a bad thing for United.

In United's last 11 matches, six of them have seen over 3.5 goals land, including in both Champions League fixtures against Atalanta.

I'm expecting more frantic scenes to unfold on Wednesday night, and United to capitalise on Young Boys' attacking style, while also conceding a fair few chances themselves.

The same bet has also landed in five of Young Boys' last 10 matches, including their 3-3 thriller in the Champions League, where they knew they had to get a result against Atalanta.

They'll play with a similar mentality on Wednesday.

David Wagner's gung-ho style

David Wagner, Manager of Young Boys

Having taken over at Young Boys at the start of the season, Wagner has not mounted much of a title defence in the Swiss Super League, but his style of play is starting to shine through.

We saw it in action at Huddersfield Town, when Wagner would instruct his side to play a pressing, high energy style.

It's similar to the style of Jurgen Klopp and… Ralf Rangnick, who mentored Wagner during his time at Hoffenheim. The two share very similar outlooks on the game, and so Wednesday's clash will be between two sides wanting to be on the front foot.

In their domestic league, Young Boys have scored an impressive 33 goals but also shipped 18 - not too impressive for a side that won the title a year previously.

They've also conceded 11 goals in the Champions League - only four sides have conceded more.

It certainly points towards United filling their boots, and with their defence slowly improving, there's a lot to like about United winning both halves at 21/10.

Since Solskjaer's sacking, United have conceded just three goals in four games. It's a much-improved record, and while they are far from perfect and I expect them to concede on Wednesday, it's now giving their attackers a chance to go out and win the game.

You can always rely on United scoring in the second half, as they have done in each of their last five games, so if they can start fast on Wednesday, then winning both halves is definitely a punt worth considering.

Goalscorer bets for Manchester United vs Young Boys

Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring for Manchester United vs Tottenham

Of course Mr Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, deserves a mention as a likely goalscorer, but with odds as short as 4/7 and a risk of him being rested, it's best we look elsewhere.

Therefore I've turned my attention towards Marcus Rashford, who has enjoyed some great form in the Champions League of late.

He's already under way this season after scoring in United's 3-2 win over Atalanta earlier this year, and last season he netted six in six games for the Red Devils in this competition.

With Ronaldo likely to be rested, Rashford could even claim a spot up top, or could be joined by another striker should Rangnick opt to pick two forwards.

As for the visitors, Jordan Siebatcheu has been in superb form, and will be high in confidence after scoring the winner against United in their first clash.

The 25-year-old American has scored nine goals in all competitions for the Swiss side, and is often deployed as the side's sole striker. At 16/5 he offers great value.

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