The UEFA Champions League is back and yesterday’s games have given us a glimpse of what to expect in this season’s edition with Barca already gathering steam with the demolition of P.S.V and last year’s finalists Liverpool coming out tops against P.S.G in 5 goal thriller (3-2) at Anfield. Will Real Madrid nick a fourth trophy on the bounce? Highly doubtful and it is not because of the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo but hey what do I know? Let me focus on my primary team which is Manchester United. The Red Devils were expected to grab all points on offer against Young Boys of Switzerland, even though it was an away tie and we had not been in the best of form but a good start to the tourney was expected and also considering the fact that we have Juventus and Valencia in the group.
No Alexis Sanchez in the starting line-up but like I have trusted manager Jose Mourinho in seasons past, I couldn’t stop on the night. The game kicked-off with Young Boys being the more purposeful of the two 2 sides, with more chances created. I was at the edge of my seat up until Paul Pogba produced a moment of brilliance in the 35th minute with what I would describe as a goal and a half. A shot which left the keeper with no chance sailed into top left corner to hand United the advantage. 1-0 and all I could do was pray for a second because United had not played a game this season without conceding a goal.
It wasn’t long before United got a second through our Captain on the night; Paul Pogba who grabbed his and the Red Devils’ second of the night from the penalty spot after Kevin Mbabu of Young Boys handled the ball in the Young Boys 18 yard box. A well taken penalty gave United a 2-0 lead going into the break.
As the second half kicked off Young Boys were looking like they would score to unsettle the United lads but all their attempts came to nothing as they could not get a goal. Paul Pogba set up country man Anthony Martial who’s deflected shot went past the Young Boys goalie to take United 3 nil up. The game wore on with both sides having chances but no more goals were scored as the game ended 3-0 which meant Man Utd sits atop group H with a better goal margin than Juventus who beat Valencia 2-0 despite also playing away from home and losing Cristiano Ronaldo to a red card.
The Ronaldo red card should be rescinded if appealed even though I hope the decision stays so as to avoid Ronaldo playing against Manchester United on match days 3 and 4, yes I know I am a big fan of the Portuguese born forward but Manchester United comes first. Real Madrid beat AS Roma 3 -0 to help cap a wonderful night for me personally as all 3 of the teams (Man Utd, Juventus and Real Madrid) I follow ended the night with victories.
Special mention has to be Diogo Dalot’s performance. Not a bad debut for the young lad who played as a right full back for United.
Up next for the Red Devils is Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League. A tricky tie if you asked me.
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