Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes replacements in Man Utd Champions League defeat

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes replacements in Man Utd Champions League defeat


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opened up on why he replaced Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes in Manchester United’s loss to Young Boys, adding that his side would learn from the loss.

With a level of play at 1-1, the United manager replaced the Portuguese pair with Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard in the 72nd minute. Fernandes helped Ronaldo’s opener in the first half as the visitors needed a goal in Bern.

It was a decision that puzzled Air sports Expert Paul Merson, who said on Soccer Special: “The young boys were petrified by Ronaldo, but Lingard is playing like I was playing – he will come back and take the ball, and that doesn’t help because you’re already gone. than 10 men.

“You want the ball to go the other way because if the ball goes the other way your opponents can tighten the game. That’s all the Young Boys did: they pushed all the way to the midline because there was no threat behind.

“Without this threat, you are not going to win too many football games. If you want to get Ronaldo out, bring in Mason Greenwood because he’s got the beat. “

Asked about the changes in his post-match press conference, Solskjaer explained: “The match lasted around 70 minutes, they had run a lot, Saturday and today.

“Astroturfing is also taking its toll and we wanted Nemanja’s experience to keep the ball and Jesse’s legs.

“Ronaldo is exceptional… But we also have to take care of him and it was a good time to take him off. “

Ultimately, the game changed when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off in the 35th minute after an awkward challenge on Christopher Martins, with a bad pass from Lingard leading to the winner Jordan Pefok with the last kick of the match. .

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Cristiano Ronaldo was pulled shortly after Young Boys’ equalizer

Regarding the red card, Solskjaer said: “I can understand why he gives it because Aaron takes a touch that goes too far. It’s never a dangerous tackle as it hits it on the forefoot.

“We have seen it sometimes – much like Harvey Elliott [at Liverpool] – serious injuries and there has never been recklessness or malice. But undoubtedly a little inexperienced to pass without having the ball… But that makes difficult the continuation with 10 men.

“This is football for you at the highest level. Lack of focus, make a mistake and you get punished. We did it last year in Europe, we conceded two very sloppy counterattacks against [Istanbul] Basaksehir and we lost this game.

“Today, the last few seconds, Jesse wants to play safe and misplaces a pass and we concede a goal. It happens in football. Harry Hindsight is a very good player, so if Jesse could get that chance again he would turn a boot the other way, but we’ll learn from that.

“We know we gave ourselves a tougher job than last year, but everyone thought we were done after two games last year. You need 10, maybe 12 points, win all of your home games and maybe one away.

“We lost an opportunity to get three points, but we have two next home games and we’re going to focus on those two. “

We’ve won a few games already, but beating Manchester United in the Champions League is unique. I’m just very happy for everyone who witnessed it. Everyone here has played their part. the guys went above and beyond their limits. This is only possible with great support. We wanted to show our intensity, our aggressiveness and our passion. The guys did brilliantly and deserve huge credit.

Young Boys manager David Wagner on the win

Maguire: Jesse will be ready to go on Sunday

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Harry Maguire backed Jesse Lingard to bounce back from his mistake

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire says Lingard will learn from his mistake and believes United have plenty of time to get their Champions League campaign back on track.

He said: “As far as Jesse is concerned, no footballer likes to make mistakes, but it is an integral part of the game. We are humans, every footballer makes mistakes. We will learn from it, he will learn from it and he ‘I’m going to get up and be ready to go on Sunday because it’s part of football.

“Discipline is an important part of tournament football. For example, if it was a knockout game and we got out of the competition because there are only 10 men left, I’m sure everyone would kick each other. We’re lucky this is the group’s first game and we have plenty of time to bounce back, but discipline is an integral part of football.


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“I think the majority of their chances came in the first half when we were playing with a back four and we couldn’t really come out to stop crosses or defend the surface well enough with the bodies they were throwing forward.

“In the second half I thought we looked controlled without the ball without being a huge threat on the counter attack. We could have done more with the ball, but without it I felt like they weren’t creating great opportunities.

“In terms of form without the ball, I felt like we were a lot better when we went three back. In terms of pushing forward, maybe we could have done a bit more. “

Merson: Result not a surprise

Young Boys' Jordan Pefok, left, scores his team's second goal ahead of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea
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Young Boys’ Jordan Pefok, left, scores the second goal of the game against Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea

Sky Sports’ Paul Merson on the football special:

“Manchester United has not started. Against the Wolves, they were very lucky. Against Newcastle when it was 1-1, it was a toss-up. It could easily have gone in the direction of Newcastle.

“Champions League football is tough and it doesn’t matter who you play. For the Young Boys, it’s their biggest game of all time. And if you don’t match it, you’re in trouble. It’s not the biggest shock to me.

“Manchester United couldn’t get out of their half. If it was Manchester City with 10 men, Young Boys wouldn’t have touched the ball. “



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