Even with less at stake for the ‘Red Devils’, with first in Group F already sealed, their weakened side raced into an eighth-minute lead against Young Boys with a low, acrobatic Mason Greenwood volley. Ralf Rangnick has already made an imprint on the way the side play just six days after becoming interim manager, as they swiftly moved the ball down the left to Luke Shaw, whose perfect cross to Greenwood set up his impressive opener.
The visitors’ equaliser was even better three minutes before HT, as they called upon their experience in the reverse fixture to ride Manchester United’s early dominance before pegging them back. Donny van de Beek gave the ball away to Fabian Rieder on the edge of the box, and the playmaker calmly picked out the top right corner with an emphatic curling effort.
Three points were going to be crucial for Young Boys’ hopes of Europa League qualification, although history was against them with no wins in their last four visits to England. They could have found themselves out of luck early on as Anthony Elanga wasted a fine opportunity through on goal, although equally the away side could have completed the turnaround, but Quentin Maceiras struck wide inside the box. Opportunities went begging throughout the rest of the half as the hosts continued to rotate, and unlike in Bern in the reverse fixture, a late winner evaded David Wagner’s men.
As a result the Swiss side remain fourth, with their European journey coming to an abrupt halt, adding more misery to their current barren run of one win in 10 competitive matches. Meanwhile, Manchester United will enter the next round, awaiting the news of their Round of 16 opponent next Monday