Young Boys' terrible recent record makes Manchester United defeat look even worse

Manchester United are playing an away game in the Champions League tonight for the first time since the shock defeat to Young Boys.

The 2-1 loss in Switzerland came as a real shock to the system, days after Cristiano Ronaldo’s glorious return against Newcastle.

And despite a strong start, just about everything which could have gone wrong, did go wrong.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card sparked a meltdown, with bizarre coaching decisions and substitutions, right down to Jesse Lingard’s errant late backpass.

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United have since rallied with two successive Champions League wins, while Young Boys have lost two in a row against Atalanta and Villarreal.

The Swiss side have now lost three of their last four games in all competitions, failing to benefit from the bounce of beating United.

This included a 4-1 home hammering by Villarreal a fortnight ago.

Since then Young Boys have been beaten 2-1 by Lugano and knocked out of the Swiss Cup, and then beaten 3-2 by St Gallen in the league.

In all competitions the team have won just one of their last five matches.

It is another typical case of teams raising their game for United and then failing to hit the same heights soon after – although much of the Red Devils’ defeat was self-inflicted that night.

The situation feels similar to United’s surprise 2-1 loss to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League last season.

The defeat proved costly as United crashed out of a tightly contested group.

Basaksehir did not get another point in the group and ended up finishing 12th in the Turkish Super Lig.

Not the only struggling side United have made to look good

While sides tend to play to their best in their ‘cup final’ against United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have a frustrating habit of making them look good.

Look at way Aston Villa have collapsed since their fortuitous win at Old Trafford in late September.

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Villa have since lost four Premier League games in a row, most recently a 4-1 home loss to West Ham.

Everton claimed a point at Old Trafford a week later, and have since lost three games in a row, including a 5-2 home defeat to Watford.

These are struggling, inconsistent teams that United are dropping points against, and Solskjaer needs to figure out a way for the team to start being more ruthless.

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