Paul Scholes' prediction for Manchester United's season isn't exactly encouraging

Rio Ferdinand Champions League 2008

Rio Ferdinand Champions League 2008

But the Swiss champions' artificial pitch will take some getting used to, and was the reason why United left Antonio Valencia behind. Matt Busby, understandably, urged his board to accept and United entered the hat for the preliminary round where they were drawn to play Switzerland's "team of the Fifties", Young Boys.

United's Group H opener will be played out on a synthetic 3G pitch at the Stade de Suisse.

He added: "I don't want to use the pitch, especially before the match, as a possible excuse for a not very good performance".

"Everybody knows he has a favourite surface, but he has also to win on other surfaces. He has a clinical situation, but apart from that we go with everything we have".

Paul Pogba led the club to a 3-0 win in Bern after grabbing a brace and setting Anthony Martial up for the third.

Unlike in the spring when his difficulties with Jose Mourinho first came to the surface and he was subsequently left on the bench for both legs of the round of 16 elimination, the Frenchman was on hand in Bern to lift United out of their stupor and deliver the moment of quality which tilted the match their way.

"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. "Of course he has".

'We decide not to play Antonio Valencia because his knee is not a knee that needs an artificial pitch at all.

Luke Shaw 7 - After a quiet first 20 minutes it was back to the same old Shaw, bombing forward with intent - winning a penalty which, looking back, decided the game - and clearing up at the back with minimal problems.

United will hope to carry their recent league form into continental competition, as they've won both of their last two games in the Premier League.

"I don't think any of us sat here would expect them to go and win the Champions League or the Premier League at this minute", Scholes said on BT Sport.

"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".

The 19-year-old looked particularly good going forward; one burst down in the first half saw him shrug off a challenge that nearly sent a Young Boys defender hurtling over the advertising boards.

"So, we have (Romelu) Lukaku, Rashford, (Juan) Mata, Alexis (Sanchez), (Anthony) Martial and they can not play all together".

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