Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains subbing Cristiano Ronaldo in Young Boys defeat


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended his decision to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with Jesse Lingard during Manchester United’s lacklustre defeat at the hands of Young Boys in their Champions League opener on Tuesday evening. Jordan Siebatcheu’s injury-time winner secured all three points for the Swiss outfit, who mounted a remarkable comeback to seal a memorable victory on home soil.

United took an early lead through Ronaldo, who latched onto Bruno Fernandes’ inch-perfect pass to slot the ball home inside 13 minutes.

However, the momentum quickly shifted when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red card for a full-blooded lunge ten minutes before the interval.

Young Boys drew level when Moumi Ngamaleu found the net on 66 minutes before Siebatcheu’s last-gasp winner condemned United to a shocking defeat.

The American forward picked up the ball from Lingard’s misplaced pass and duly converted past the onrushing David de Gea to decide the outcome of the match with just seconds remaining.

United were far from their best throughout the encounter, with the Red Devils failing to have a shot on goal after the 25th minute and enjoying just 30.7 per cent of the ball in the second half.

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