Man Utd boss Mourinho hints at Rashford start against Young Boys

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But the Swiss champions' artificial pitch will take some getting used to, and was the reason why United left Antonio Valencia behind.

Federer, a 20-times Grand Slam champion, has won tournaments on every playing surface in his sport, and Mourinho spoke of his admiration for the Swiss player's adaptability.

"And I am pretty sure that the big man, sometimes is not happy to play on such a surface, but he has to play, and he has to win. We'll have to do it".

Man United lost away to FC Basel - the team normally representing Switzerland at this level - last season but have never played a competitive game against Young Boys.

Mourinho does not need to be reminded of the potential pitfalls of a visit to Switzerland, however.

Jose Mourinho's last European campaign ended in misery as his side lost 1-2 at home to Sevilla in the round of 16.

But a semi-final loss to Pep Guardiola's Barcelona in 2011 was followed by a painful penalty shootout defeat at the same stage against Bayern Munich 12 months later.

Last season's reverse did not prevent the Reds from progressing to the knockout rounds, though.

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Speaking to the press ahead of the game, Mourinho said: "We decided 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".

Jose Mourinho's side go into the match having turned their early-season slump around with back-to-back wins in the Premier League, and are now looking to make it three in a row for the first time since April.

"We know it will be hard here because they are a good team, so we need to be ready for the fight".

"We are creating a lot of chances, we also find a way to protect ourselves in some specific situations, we managed to get the six points after two defeats which was very important, so I am happy".

Valencia, who is United's club captain, played 92 minutes of his side's 2-1 victory over Watford on Saturday evening but the 33-year-old is at a point in his career where he can not start every game.

Young Boys are, at this stage, something of an unknown prodigy, and unexperienced at this level: they will not like the sight of Shaw running at them full pelt.

"Rashford will learn about other positions when he plays in them which is good for his development but long term I think he'll be a number nine like Thierry Henry".

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