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Manchester United hit with UEFA fine after incident during Champions League clash

Manchester United have been fined just over £8,000 by UEFA after three pitch invaders stormed their Champions League group stage clash with BSC Young Boys in December

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Manchester United have been fined €10,000 by UEFA after three people invaded the Old Trafford pitch during the Champions League match against Young Boys in December.

The Red Devils drew 1-1 last month in the dead-rubber match, during which a trio of fans managed to evade security and make their way onto the pitch.

Ralf Rangnick’s side had taken the lead as Mason Greenwood opened the scoring for a much-changed United side after only nine minutes, but Fabian Rieder equalised with a stunning strike shortly before half-time.

UEFA’s fine equates to just £8,312.

The Red Devils will face Spanish champions Atletico Madrid in the last-16, hoping to win the competition for the first time 2008 or at least reach the the semi-final stage after last doing so in 2011.

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Three pitch invaders stormed a Man Utd match in December

United are currently resting up on their winter break ahead of a crucial few months.

Rangnick has slowly steadied the ship following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘s sacking, overseeing back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time.

“It is very important. We have high ambitions in the club,” Rangnick stated following the Red Devils’ 1-0 win against West Ham.

“We play a week on Friday against Middlesbrough and then away at Burnley. All of the games present challenges and we will have to perform on a high level.

“It will get physical again in those games, but I think the team realises now they are talking those steps. It is not so easy now to score goals against us.

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“This was the best part, not only the clean sheet, but the way we defend as a team; the counter pressing was good, and we took the ball away from them.”

The acclaimed German coach, who is set to make way for a permanent replacement in the summer, added: “Yes [it’s big to go into the international break with a win], absolutely, for everybody.

“For the players, for the staff. It’s good to have a little bit of a rest [and then] we’ll prepare the team for the rest of the season.”

United return to action next Friday in the FA Cup Fourth Round, as they play host to Chris Wilder’ s Boro.

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Meanwhile, Kyle Walker ‘s red card that he was shown in their final group stage game against RB Leipzig has been increased to a three-match ban.

The England defender will therefore miss both of City’s round-of-16 matches against Sporting and potentially the first leg of a quarter-final.

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