José Mourinho: Manchester United must channel Roger Federer spirit against Young Boys

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"We decide not to bring Antonio Valencia because his knee is not a knee that needs an artificial pitch at all, so we brought Luke Shaw back to the squad and to the team".

"It is premature to be speaking about our chances when we didn't even play the first match", Mourinho told a news conference on Tuesday.

They'll face Young Boys for the first time in any competition but United know they face a tricky test in Switzerland on the artificial pitch at the Stade de Suisse this evening so they'll won't be taking anything for granted. Thankfully, though, this is the flawless game for him, with Mourinho keen to give Ashley Young a rest after playing 90 minutes at Vicarage Road.

"Everybody knows it's different but what I had to say I told last week in Geneva in the UEFA meeting that we had and what can I say?"

"These players have the quality to play on this surface, they have speed and great technique, so it won't be a problem for the great players they have". "We managed that in two hard matches away and let's see in our third match if we can win all of them".

"I would focus on the first match, and after that on the group phase, one of the most hard group phases, and we have two positions to qualify and our focus must be on that".

Jesse Lingard hasn't travelled to Switzerland while Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are still unavailable but Marcus Rashford will return to the starting eleven as he's now serving a domestic suspension.

They beat United at home in the group stage last season, having also defeated Mourinho's Chelsea in 2013.

"We have a hard group, starting with a hard team".

It has been a troubled start to the season, but United come into this game on the back of successive Premier League wins over Burnley and Watford.

The 20-year-old's playing time has been subject to scrutiny in recent days and has clearly irked the United boss.

"I just think there is a balance".

"We have Lukaku, Rashford, Mata, Alexis, Martial - they all can not play together, so try to be a little bit happy for the ones that are playing and not be critical of the ones that are not".

"So, try to be a little bit happy with the ones that are playing and not to be critical with the ones that are not playing".



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