Well that was embarrassing. After taking a 1-0 lead against Young Boys, Manchester United somehow managed to lose 2-1.
The game changed on the red card, which we will get into shortly. This result leaves United vulnerable to a potential group stage elimination for a second successive year.
The next five games will be tough, and there are no easy matches. United need to react strongly, with the next game at home to Villarreal.
Before we look ahead, it is time to delve into some of the key reasons for the defeat.
Here is a look at Manchester United’s three worst performers on the night…
There’s no getting away from this one. Wan-Bissaka was the catalyst for Manchester United’s defeat.
His bad tackle invited a red card as he went over the ball and took the man.
The lunging tackle came as a result of his own poor first touch.
This was the first red card of Wan-Bissaka’s Manchester United career, and it was poorly timed.
United still should have seen the game out, but Wan-Bissaka is the player most to blame for United’s loss. His sending off was completely needless.
Lingard’s first assist in a Manchester United shirt in 2021 came for Young Boys’ winner.
Lingard played well at the weekend but he looked totally lost when he came on in the second half, replacing Ronaldo in one of many perplexing tactical changes.
Even so, Lingard should have known better than to attempt a 94th minute backpass. It backfired horrendously, with the execution of the pass simply terrible.
A draw might not have been an awful result in the context of the red card. A loss was.
Lingard managed just eight touches after being brought on in the 71st minute. One of them was the fatal backpass.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
United’s players gave it their all and it would be unfair to single out any other player for a truly woeful performance.
The blame for the result really lies on the manager. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got it wrong here.
He treated Young Boys like they were Bayern Munich, trying to protect a lead when he should have had more confidence in his side to outplay them with 10 men.
Rarely when United decide to defend a lead does it work out well. The defence and midfield is not good enough for that.
Solskjaer’s substitutions made it impossible to create chances as United saw so little of the ball, and the late changes, with Ronaldo taken off for Lingard and Fred coming off for Martial, were both a total mess.
The boss’ in-game management is one of the flaws of his credentials, and he has now lost four of seven Champions League group games he has managed. Quite simply, he has to do better.
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