Manchester United Football Club kick off their Champions League campaign in Berne tomorrow night.
Jose Mourinho’s men will take on Young Boys as they look to start things with a victory. European nights became a staple of United’s history under Sir Alex Ferguson, but that Europa League-winning season aside, things haven’t been anywhere near as good since.
Before we get things going, the self-proclaimed Special One has had his say on Young Boys’ pitch condition. It’s one of those artificial turfs, which can often cause injuries due to the sheer heaviness of the ground. It is fair to say the gaffer isn’t all-too pleased… Although his Roger Federer analogy was pretty accurate…
“I don’t want to use that as a possible excuse for a not very good performance,” he said when asked about the state of the pitch, per The Independent.
“Everybody knows its different. What I had to say I told last week in Geneva in a Uefa meeting we had.
“What can I say? I can get as an example we are in Switzerland, the home of one of the best ever tennis players.
“I am pretty sure that the big man sometimes is not happy to play on such a surface but he has to play, he has to win.
“Everyone knows he has a favourite surface but he has also to win on the surfaces he is not in love with. We have to do it.”
Look, nobody likes playing on these surfaces. It’s the main reason why Antonio Valencia has been left back in Manchester. Thankfully, though, we’re getting this game out of the way early, it’s done then, the chances are we won’t play on a worse pitch for the season’s remainder.
It’s a game that would set the tone nicely with a victory. Juventus and Valencia CF will be extremely tough to beat. We have to ensure six points are secured against Young Boys. It all starts tomorrow night, and the lads have to put the pitch issues to one side and go out there and get the job done.
1-0 victory thanks to a dodgy penalty or an offside goal? I’d snap your hand off for that right now.