Paul Pogba scored two first-half goals as Manchester United spoiled Young Boys’ first appearance in the group stage of the Champions League by cruising to a comfortable 3-0 victory at the Stade de Suisse on Wednesday.
Anthony Martial also scored for United, the three-time winners who were knocked out of the competition last season in the round of 16.
Christian Fassnacht had two opportunities to put Young Boys ahead early – one in the 30th minute, when he scuffed his shot after debutant Diogo Dalot fell down, and one in the 33rd, when De Gea punched his attempt from 24 yards over the bar – before Pogba struck.
Pogba then doubled the lead just before half-time, scoring from a penalty in the 44th minute after Luke Shaw’s shot hit Young Boys’ Kevin Mbabu in the right hand, which was pinned to his side.
Martial extended the lead in the 66th minute, with Pogba setting him up on the left wing for the easy finish to the counter-attack, and Romelu Lukaku nearly made it four in the 93rd minute but was ruled offside.