Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Champions League: Mourinho bemoans Young Boys' 'huge advantage'

Champions League: Mourinho bemoans Young Boys' 'huge advantage'

Rashford is expected to start in United's Champions League clash against Young Boys in Bern, Switzerland tonight.

"Everybody knows that he has a favourite surface, but he has also to win on the surfaces that he is not in love with, so we have to do it".

"They play on artificial turf".

And Mourinho opted to use an unexpected example in the form of tennis great Federer when discussing the pitch in his pre-match news conference.

And it has forced the Portuguese boss to leave captain Antonio Valencia out of his plans in order to protect the full-back from suffering any problems with his knee.

"I think Rashford has played more than enough in the last two seasons, the stats were something Mourinho made a point of referencing and I would agree with him", said the former Bayern Munich midfielder.

The Red Devils travel to Switzerland to face Young Boys live on BT Sport 2 HD from 8pm on Wednesday and ahead of the match, Owen Hargreaves exclusively gave us his take on the situation. Thankfully, though, this is the flawless game for him, with Mourinho keen to give Ashley Young a rest after playing 90 minutes at Vicarage Road.

David De Gea is likely to start on Wednesday night and the Spaniard is hoping to end a disappointing run in the Champions League that has seen United reach just one quarterfinal in the last seven years.

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"We decide not to bring Antonio Valencia because his knee is not a knee that needs an artificial pitch at all, so we brought Luke Shaw back to the squad and to the team".

"He (Shaw) has a chance to play, of course he has", said Mourinho.

"I told already that Luke Shaw is playing tomorrow and apart from him we have Diogo, Ashley Young and (Matteo) Darmian ready to play".

"It's clear they are not used to pitches like this, so in the beginning I guess it will be a special feeling, but with training and the warm up I think they will be all right".

Shaw will return to the United team after missing Saturday's Premier League win against Watford due to a head injury sustained on England duty.

The 20-year-old managed just one Manchester United start, playing a total of 122 Premier League minutes, before being England's match-winner twice during the worldwide break.

"So, we have (Romelu) Lukaku, Rashford, (Juan) Mata, Alexis (Sanchez), (Anthony) Martial and they can not play all together".

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