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Mourinho wants United to join the Fed Express

Mourinho wants United to join the Fed Express

His team overcame a hard, artificial turf pitch and 32,000 Young Boys fans determined to create a din on their first Champions League night since the competition was rebranded in 1992.

United begin their European campaign on their hosts' synthetic pitch on Wednesday, and Mourinho referenced Swiss tennis great Roger Federer's ability to adapt to different playing surfaces as an example of how his team should rise above the conditions. If Young Boys want to shock the world and advance past the group stages, they'll need to get off to a promising start at home against Manchester United.

There will be sterner tests in Group H - even if Juventus do turn up at Old Trafford next month without Cristiano Ronaldo - but Mourinho's men started with a win in hard circumstances. Fred and Nemanja Matic slot into midfield, while Paul Pogba also plays.

Over the course of the 90 minutes, Dalot touched the ball 60 times, attempted four crosses, enjoyed an 85% pass accuracy rate and made two interceptions.

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.

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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. However, he can not be accused of downing tools and, with their star man in this kind of form, United are a better team.

Christian Fassnacht had two opportunities to put Young Boys ahead early - one in the 30th minute, when he scuffed his shot after debutant Diogo Dalot fell down, and one in the 33rd, when De Gea punched his attempt from 24 yards over the bar - before Pogba struck.

"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". A good start for him in the red shirt.

United are next in action against Wolves on Saturday (3pm).


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