Champions League - Group H
Young Boys0Man Utd3

Young Boys 0-3 Man Utd: Paul Pogba scores two in comfortable win

Paul Pogba
This was only the third time that Paul Pogba had scored twice for Manchester United in his 101 games for the club

Paul Pogba scored twice as Manchester United opened their Champions League Group H campaign with a comfortable win over Young Boys in Bern.

Linking with Brazilian Fred, Pogba was inventive and precise for his first goal, checking on to his left foot and finding the top left corner from 18 yards.

The France midfielder then doubled his tally with a penalty after home defender Kevin Mbabu was judged to have handled Luke Shaw's cross.

Anthony Martial, recalled at the expense of Alexis Sanchez, added the gloss midway through the second period with a strike that deflected past Young Boys goalkeeper David von Ballmoos.

Until Pogba's intervention, the hosts had enjoyed the better of the play as Jose Mourinho's side struggled for fluency on the Swiss side's artificial pitch.

Buoyed by the constant singing and drumming of their passionate supporters, Young Boys' former Paris St-Germain forward Guillaume Hoarau headed wide early on.

And United goalkeeper David de Gea also impressively tipped efforts from Mohamed Ali Camara and Christian Fassnacht over the bar.

Yet the visitors, who had earlier clipped the post through Marcus Rashford, settled after Pogba's contribution.

Juan Mata twice had chances to add to the score for last season's Premier League runners-up, who enjoyed their first Champions League victory in Switzerland since Ruud van Nistelrooy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored in a 3-1 win in Basel 16 years ago.

Pogba the leader

When Manchester United re-signed Paul Pogba for a then world-record transfer fee of £89m in 2016, it was to deliver match-winning contributions on the grandest stages.

But two-goal contributions of this nature, or performances where he has carried his team-mates with him, have been sporadic.

The French World-Cup winning midfielder scored twice against Turkish side Fenerbahce in his first season back at Old Trafford.

But he then had to wait almost 18 months before repeating that feat when delaying Manchester City's Premier League title parade in a 3-2 win last April.

Adding consistency and honing his role in Mourinho's side have so far proved challenging for the midfielder who spent four years at Juventus in the altogether different environment of Serie A.

However, there are signs that he is now starting to embrace greater responsibility.

Following on from strong showings against Burnley and Watford, this was a true captain's performance.

It brought two goals, an assist for Martial, and just as importantly, a concentrated effort to retain possession, with 93% of his passes finding their intended target.

Young Boys pay for profligacy

Young Boys will rightly feel the scoreline flattered United on their return to European football's elite competition after a 31-year absence.

But while they have scored 19 goals in six domestic matches, storming to the summit of the Swiss Super League and establishing an eight-point gap, the visit of United proved a step up in class.

Gerardo Seoane's side could not be faulted for effort though - fashioning 18 attempts on goal to United's 16.

At least three of those could have resulted in goals but ultimately did not possess the individual class of a Pogba - whose composure and accuracy brought the opening goal - or the excellence of visiting goalkeeper De Gea.

The Spaniard saved all four of the hosts' shots on target and alongside Pogba ensured that they paid for their profligacy.

Man of the match - Paul Pogba (Man Utd)

Paul Pogba
Paul Pogba delivered a captain's performance, scoring twice and leading by example

'Job done' - what they said:

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, speaking to BT Sport: "Job done. Not phenomenal but good enough. They were intense, compact and had self-esteem. Then after the first goal, the game was under control. We tried to score the goals that gave us the stability for the second half.

"It is important for us to win because probably every team is going to get six points against Young Boys. Now we have two important matches against Valencia and Juventus. They are very good opponents."

On the home side's artificial pitch: "There was probably some fears of injuries. I had some players who were feeling sore after training yesterday. People are more used to playing on great surfaces in England. The football is much more beautiful that way.

"Now the game is over, I can say I don't understand how you can play the best club football on an artificial pitch."

Man Utd's biggest away win for five years - the stats

  • Following a run of five winless matches away from home in the Champions League, Manchester United have now won three of their past five such games in the competition (D1, L1).
  • Manchester United have recorded their biggest away win in the Champions League without conceding a goal since November 2013, when they beat Bayer Leverkusen 5-0 under David Moyes.
  • Excluding qualifiers, Young Boys have lost two of their past three home games in European competition (W1), as many defeats as in their previous 10 such matches combined.
  • Only one of the nine Swiss managers to take charge of a Champions League match for the very first time have won their opening game in the competition (D1, L7), Murat Yakin beating Chelsea while in charge of FC Basel back in September 2013.
  • Paul Pogba has scored his first Champions League goal for Manchester United, and his first in the competition since March 2016 (against Bayern Munich for Juventus).
  • Pogba scored as many goals in the Champions League in the opening 45 minutes against Young Boys (two) as he did in his previous 37 matches in the competition combined.
  • David De Gea has now registered 14 clean sheets for Manchester United in the Champions League, moving level with Fabien Barthez. Edwin van der Sar (28) is the only goalkeeper to have managed more for the club in the competition.

What's next?

United welcome Spanish club Valencia to Old Trafford for their next European game on 2 October (20:00 BST). Young Boys travel to Turin to face Juventus on the same date (17:55 BST).

Line-ups

Young Boys

  • 26Von Ballmoos
  • 43Mbabu
  • 4Ali Camara
  • 5Von Bergen
  • 23Benito
  • 16FassnachtSubstituted forNgamaleuat 65'minutes
  • 8SowSubstituted forAebischerat 59'minutes
  • 35Sanogo
  • 7Sulejmani
  • 99HoarauSubstituted forNsameat 75'minutes
  • 17AssaléBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 1Wölfli
  • 6Bertone
  • 13Ngamaleu
  • 18Nsame
  • 19Schick
  • 20Aebischer
  • 21García

Man Utd

  • 1De Gea
  • 20Dalot
  • 12Smalling
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 23Shaw
  • 6PogbaSubstituted forPereiraat 75'minutes
  • 31Matic
  • 17FredBooked at 49minsSubstituted forFellainiat 69'minutes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forMataat 69'minutes
  • 9Lukaku
  • 11Martial

Substitutes

  • 3Bailly
  • 7Sánchez
  • 8Mata
  • 15Pereira
  • 18Young
  • 22Romero
  • 27Fellaini
Referee:
Deniz Aytekin
Attendance:
31,120

Match Stats

Home TeamYoung BoysAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home18
Away16
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Young Boys 0, Manchester United 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Young Boys 0, Manchester United 3.

Offside, Manchester United. Diogo Dalot tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.

Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Moumi Nicolas Ngamaleu (Young Boys).

Attempt missed. Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Moumi Nicolas Ngamaleu (Young Boys).

Attempt missed. Jean-Pierre Nsame (Young Boys) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Mbabu.

Offside, Young Boys. Loris Benito tries a through ball, but Miralem Sulejmani is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Moumi Nicolas Ngamaleu (Young Boys) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jean-Pierre Nsame.

Attempt missed. Miralem Sulejmani (Young Boys) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Roger Assalé.

Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Booking

Roger Assalé (Young Boys) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.

Attempt missed. Jean-Pierre Nsame (Young Boys) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Sekou Sanogo.

Foul by Andreas Pereira (Manchester United).

Sekou Sanogo (Young Boys) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Andreas Pereira replaces Paul Pogba.

Substitution

Substitution, Young Boys. Jean-Pierre Nsame replaces Guillaume Hoarau.

Mohamed Ali Camara (Young Boys) hits the right post with a right footed shot from very close range. Assisted by Miralem Sulejmani with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Young Boys. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

Attempt missed. Michel Aebischer (Young Boys) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Foul by Chris Smalling (Manchester United).

Moumi Nicolas Ngamaleu (Young Boys) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Marouane Fellaini replaces Fred.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Juan Mata replaces Marcus Rashford.

Goal!

Goal! Young Boys 0, Manchester United 3. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Pogba following a fast break.

Substitution

Substitution, Young Boys. Moumi Nicolas Ngamaleu replaces Christian Fassnacht.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Kevin Mbabu (Young Boys) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michel Aebischer (Young Boys).

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sekou Sanogo (Young Boys).

Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).

Sekou Sanogo (Young Boys) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nemanja Matic.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid11002113
2B Dortmund11001013
3Monaco100112-10
4Club Brugge100101-10

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona11004043
2Inter Milan11002113
3Tottenham100112-10
4PSV Eindhoven100104-40

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool11003213
2Red Star Belgrade10100001
3Napoli10100001
4PSG100123-10

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Galatasaray11003033
2FC Porto10101101
3Schalke10101101
4Lokomotiv Moscow100103-30

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ajax11003033
2Bayern Munich11002023
3Benfica100102-20
4AEK Athens100103-30

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lyon11002113
2Hoffenheim10102201
3Shakhtar Donetsk10102201
4Man City100112-10

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid11003033
2CSKA Moscow10102201
3Viktoria Plzen10102201
4Roma100103-30

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd11003033
2Juventus11002023
3Valencia100102-20
4Young Boys100103-30
View full Champions League tables

Top Stories