Winger Tahith Chong was handed a big opportunity for his loan club Werder Bremen yesterday.
The Manchester United loanee was filling in for first choice Milot Rashica who has been ruled out until the end of January because of a thigh tendon injury.
Without a league start since October, this was the chance Chong had been waiting for, but it did not turn out as he’d have hoped.
Bremen went down 2-1 at home to Stuttgart, and Chong had an afternoon to forget.
On 29 minutes, he gave away a penalty for a clumsy tackle. Silas Wamangituka converted it to put the visitors 1-0 up.
11 minutes later, Chong was booked for a reckless scissor kick challenge, which could have brought stricter punishment on another day.
Speaking after the game, Chong said to Bremen club media: “We started the game well and we were unlucky to go behind.
“We tried everything after that, particularly in the second half. I’m frustrated with the final result overall.”
In defence of Chong, he’s obviously short on match sharpness, with this game being just the third league start of his loan spell.
He was probably keen to impress given a big opportunity, but his desire to get stuck in didn’t produce the best results.
The good news for him is he should get more chances given the length of Rashica’s absence.
That said, it was not a good first attempt at stepping in for the Bremen talisman.
As per WhoScored, he took three shots in the match, but none of them were on target. He also failed to make a key pass in the game.
He hasn’t been able to nail down the regular gametime he’ll have hoped for when he left United on loan this summer.
The assignments don’t get any easier for Chong in the coming weeks either.
Bremen’s next game is against RB Leipzig on Saturday, who of course United face in that crunch Champions League clash tomorrow.
After that, it’s a meeting with Borussia Dortmund, who boast two long-term United targets in Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho.
As hard as those games will be, they can hardly go worse than yesterday.
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