69 min: Lukaku turns and springs Martial clear down the left. One on one with the last defender, he cuts inside, delays the shot and eventually sees a timid effort blocked. So disappointing.
66 min: Pogba makes an instant impact, lobbing the ball over his head before throwing off a marker and finding Rashford, who slammed a shot wide from 18 yards. Young Boys make their second change, Miralem Sulejmani off for Christian Fassnacht.
64 min: Martial belts a shot woefully over from 30 yards. Jose Mourinho responds by bringing Romel Lukaku to Jesse Lingard's muted applause. Paul Pogba gets a bigger cheer as he replaces Fred.
63 min: Lingard shoots straight at Von Ballmoos from 25 yards.
61 min: Benito's booked for accidentally booting Rashford in the chest on the right touchline. Romelu Lukaku is getting ready to come.
60 min: Assale makes it to the byline and plops and crosses straight into De Gea's arms. A waste.
59 min: Mario Mandzukic has made it Juventus 1-0 Valencia. If it stays that way United will qualify if they can win this game.
56 min: Fred's shot takes a deflection and loops into the air. Lingard makes a stop to stop Von Bollsoom claiming the catch easily and there is a chance for Fellaini when the goalkeeper spills the ball at his feet. Fellaini leans back and blooms the ball over the empty net. Oh dear.
55 min: Matic slips and pass through to Martial, who tries to clear his markers in the middle. The ball runs to Rashford, who slips and raps a shot high and wide from close range. Mourinho looks utterly exasperated.
54 min: Mbabu wins a second ball in midfield and rumbles forward. This is so lax from United. Mbabu exchanges passes with Assale, breaks into the area and fires a shot into the side netting from a tight angle.
53 min: Valencia cleansed Aebischer. It's not a good idea to be booked.
48 min: Camara is booked for clipping Martial from behind.
46 min: Young Boys get the second half underway. They've made a half-time change, Garcia replacing Von Bergen, the captain. It looks like they've switched to a back five.
Half-time: Manchester United 0-0 Young Boys
Yawn. Elsewhere it's Juventus 0-0 Valencia. As it stands Juventus are top with 10 points, United are second with eight and Valencia are third with six.
45 min + 1: Assale skips inside from the left, running past and a couple of challenges, and pokes and passes to Mbabu on the right. The right-back has plenty of room to zip and low cross to the nearby post, where United are all at sea. Sow arrives and tries a elaborate backheel which goes a few yards wide. That was a great chance and a poor finish. United were prised apart so easily.
45 min: Rashford slashes a shot embarrassingly wide of the near post on the right of the area. There will be two added minutes.
42 min: Martial isolates Mbabu and thinks about running past the defender. Then he falls over and looks plainly at the referee. Nope. Again.
41 min: Rashford surges down the left after the awful play from Young Boys in midfield. This time he has the presence of mind to wait for support and buy himself time with a brilliant dragback. Yet when he tries to find the unmarked Fellaini in the middle, he overhits the pass and the chance is gone. Fred collects in the right corner of the area, cuts inside and bends a shot harmlessly wide.
40 min: Fellaini is an offside machine tonight. "Some garbage channel has bought the rights to the Champions League games in the U.S. this season and instead of having our pick of games to watch as we used to we now get just one, "JR in Illinois says. "For some unknown reason they've decided to give us Roma in Real Madrid. I would have seen Manchester City or even the hate-watched current team of Jose Mourinho. Given that option I have decided to watch Leeds in Reading instead. It's 0-0 at halftime and Mike Dean is dominating as expected. "
37 min: Mbabu's hopeful cross from the right somehow runs across United's area and reaches Sulejmani. He takes a touch and lines up, but Smalling throws himself in front of the ball. United counter, waking their fans up when Rashford drops and shoulder to buy himself some space on the right. But when he looks up to see if he has any support in the middle, he has to check, turn back, turn around again, turn around again and then send in a lame cross to no one in particular.
36 min: Sulejmani tumbles on the edge of the United Area, claiming Valencia's fouled. The judge judges it to be a shoulder to shoulder and waves play on.
34 min: Young Boys have not been very good. United should be doing so much more.
33 min: Martial tries to bustle past Camara, who stands his ground to fend off the United forward.
30 min: Camara diverts Shaw's cross straight to Martial and makes up for his error by blocking the forward's shot. He goes down and United continues to attack. Lingard has a pop from 20 yards and appeals to handball against Von Bergen, who surely stuck his elbow to deflect the ball wide on the edge of the area. Nothing doing, though, only a corner. Nothing comes from it.
26 min: Smalling fizzes and passes into Lingard, who cleverly flicks the ball to Rashford, throwing Young Boys into disarray at the back. Rashford decides to shoot from 25 yards and Von Ballmoos, who looks beaten, is relieved to see the striker's low shot bounce just wide of the right post.
25 min: Lingard darts down the right and tries to find Rashford in the middle. His cross is extremely poor.
24 min: It remains 0-0 in Turin, where Juventus are playing Valencia. It's weird to think United could still win this group.
22 min: Shaw finds space on the left and whips in a cross that finds Lingard. He tries to touch it back to Matic, but Aebischer's there first. He wins the ball and Matic steps on his foot, an offense for which he earns a booking once Jones mops up a Young Boys break.
19 min: It's all United. Sort of. They're bossing possession, but Young Boys are letting them have it.
16 min: Martial finds space to run for the first time. Young Boys looked panicked at the back. Martial twists and turns and looks ready to break through on goal, only for Camara to stick out a leg and deny him just in time. United continue to press and the ball squirts through for Martial after a spot of pinball, but the flag goes up for offside. You feel it might not take much to break down this Young Boys' defense. The question is whether United can keep their temper.
14 min: United look threatening in attack. Fellaini, the creative midfielder we've been waiting for, slips and passes to Rashford, who shoots straight at Von Ballmoos from a tight angle.
13 min: The cameraman picks out the tracks of Pogba and Lukaku, both of whom look thrilled with what they're watching from their seats on the bench.
12 min: Lingard lunges in a bit recklessly on Benito and he's fortunate to make no contact with the left-back. That could easily have been a red if he caught his opponent.
9 min: This is a sloppy spell from United, who finds themselves under more pressure when Fred and Lingard take the ball away in midfield. Sow darts forward, but Jones cuts his pass.
8 min: Assale cuts inside and sees a shot deflected wide from 20 yards for Young Boys' first corner. Sulejmani takes it and United deal with it.
6 min: Fred picks up the ball on the edge of the area and whistles an effort just over.
5 min: Shaw clips and pass to Lingard. It's overhit, but the ball flicks off Lingard and runs through to Rashford, who bursts clear with only Balmoos to beat. The Young Boys goalkeeper is miles off his line, giving Rashford a big target to hit, but the United striker lifts the ball inches over! Jose Mourinho stands with his arms folded on the touchline and shakes his head.
4 min: Valencia pulls the right and wins a free kick. Fred lifts it high to Fellaini, who knocks the ball down to Martial, but the United striker can not get shot and Young Bern make off with it.
2 min: The ball breaks through to Lingard on the right, but he's miles offside.
Peep! Manchester United, in red shirts and black shorts, get the game underway. There are plenty of empty seats at the Theater of Dreams tonight. However, Young Boys, in their gray shirts, have brought a noisy, colorful and sizeable following with them. "The Portuguese Dave Sexton is really spoiling us tonight," Jon Millard says.
Here come the teams. We'll have football soon.
A midfield three of Marouane Fellaini, Nemanja Matic and Fred, though. It reminds me of the Busquets-Xavi-Iniesta triumvirate actually.
The big news is that
Paul Pogba is only on the bench and Alexis Sanchez has been left out entirely by Manchester United. Jose Mourinho has reacted ruthlessly after the draw with Crystal Palace. Pogba's demotion means Fred makes a rare start in the midfield, while Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku also drop to the bench, Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford stepping into the starting 11. Meanwhile Antonio Valencia replaces the absent Ashley Young at right-back and Phil Jones comes in for the injured Victor Lindelof. Plenty of changes before this Saturday's trip to Southampton.
Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Shaw; Matic, Fred, Fellaini; Lingard, Rashford, Martial. Subs: Romero, Bailly, Pereira, Pogba, McTominay, Mata, Lukaku.
Young Boys: Von Ballmoos; Mbabu, Camara, Von Bergen, Benito; Sulejmani, Sow, Lauper, Aebischer, Assale; Nsame. Subs: Wolfi, Bertone, Moumi Ngamaleu, Fassnacht, Schick, Garcia, Seydouz.
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany).
Breaking news: Manchester United's team bus arrived at Old Trafford on time this evening. Signs of progress. The good times could well be on the way back.
Hello and welcome to what promises to be another night of thrills and spills at Theater of Dreams. After all, Jose Mourinho has told his players to approach this game against Group H whipping boys Young Boys like it's a knockout tie, though he will be hoping they will not take that to mean he wants them to play like that's Sevilla at home again. Probably the best he has to do before Manchester United takes the pitch in a matter of hours or so, especially as you can not really be sure what this team is going to produce these days. Oh, how they tease us. Earlier this month they were right on it, winning the last minute at Bournemouth, then producing a stunning return to win at Juventus and breathe fresh life into a stuttering Champions League campaign. But they followed that with a comprehensive defeat to Manchester City in the derby before plummeting the depths again last Saturday, drawing 0-0 with Crystal Palace, who counted themselves unluckyly not to leave Jose's House of Fun with all three points.
It's three wins from nine home games now and Mourinho's start to show signs of rancour again, questioning his team's personality and character in recent days. But while they have been struggling in the league, at least United are enjoying themselves a bit more in Europe. It was looking dicey after their home defeat to Juventus last month, but that tribute to Turin '99 three weeks ago has put them in such a great position in the group that they could even qualify for the knockout stages with a game to spare if results go their way this evening. If United do their bit and see off Young Boys, who lost 3-0 when they hosted Mourinho's side in September, they will need Juventus to beat Valencia at home to be sure of a place in the last 16.
Sounds feasible, does not it? Even at their most laboured United would expect to beat Young Boys, who have picked up one point from their first four games while Valencia will be up against it in Turin. The Spaniards are two points off second-placed United – who visit the Mestalla in their final group game next month – and unfortunately Marouane Fellaini does not throw a shot against Juve. If everything goes as expected, this could be a great night for Mourinho. The only problem, of course, is you can not take anything for granted with United these days. Keep your expectations fluid.
Kick-off: 8pm GMT.