Solskjaer targets Champions League trophy

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his squad's mix of youth and experience can drive them to Champions League glory this season, as they prepare for their group opener against Swiss side Young Boys.

United are favourites to progress from a group which also includes Europa League final foes Villarreal and Atalanta - with Cristiano Ronaldo set to enter the history books on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old is in line to make his record-equalling 177th appearance in the Champions League to draw level with former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas.

Solskjaer famously scored the winning goal when United won the competition in 1999, and can now call on Ronaldo who won it with United in 2008 before lifting Europe's elite club competition four further times with Real Madrid.

United have spent big in the transfer market since Solskjaer took charge in a bid to assemble a title-winning squad.

Besides Ronaldo the off-season arrivals included Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane for a combined outlay of more than Stg120 million ($A225m).

United were knocked out in the group stage last season but Solskjaer has his sights set on the club reaching their first Champions League final since 2011.

"The aim is to go all the way but we know it's going to be difficult... We've added some quality, experience and youth into the squad and hopefully we are better prepared for what's to come," he said.

"This team has grown and matured over the last few seasons, that was always the plan.

"When I came in we wanted a team with experience and quality who could challenge... The group is special, they look after each other and it's going to stand us in good stead.

"Sometimes you can go far with the youth as well but in some games experience will play its part.

"But in others, you need the youthful exuberance and courage."

Young Boys won the Swiss top flight title last season and Solskjaer said he had been analysing their games before their Bern meeting at Wankdorf Stadion, which has an artificial pitch.

"Astroturf is always a little bit of an advantage at home but we should be able to deal with it really well," he said.

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