Merson not surprised by United CL defeat to Young Boys

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Merson not surprised by United CL defeat to Young Boys

Former player Paul Merson has said Manchester United losing 2-1 against Young Boys in the Champions League wasn’t “the biggest shock” to him.

United took an early lead thanks to another Cristiano Ronaldo goal, but a first-half red card for Aaron Wan-Bissaka flipped the game on its head as their Swiss opponents dominated the second period.

Theoson Siebatcheu scored a 95th minute winner to send the Young Boys fans and players into pure pandemonium.



is a surprise for most – especially given their strong start to the season – but not Merson.

“Manchester United haven’t got going. Against Wolves, they were very fortunate. Against Newcastle when it was 1-1, it was a heads-or-tails game. It could have easily gone Newcastle’s way,” the former Arsenal man told .

“Champions League football is hard and it doesn’t matter who you are playing. For Young Boys, this is their biggest game ever. And if you don’t match that, you are in trouble.

“This isn’t the biggest shock to me.”

He also believes had their rivals been in a similar situation, they would not have been beaten.

“Manchester United couldn’t get out of their half. If that was Manchester City with ten men, Young Boys wouldn’t have touched the ball,” he added.

Sky Sports‘ Adam Bate criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his late substitutions which ‘backfired badly’.

“Strange old performance by United really. OK, they were a man down but did that really necessitate such an approach for the entire second half? And just when they were nearly there, Solskjaer does decide to make an attacking substitution that backfires badly.

“They will have to hope others slip up here in Switzerland too and on the basis of this performance under the lights, that is a distinct possibility.”

On Wan-Bissaka’s red card, Solskjaer said: “That’s a little bit the astroturf, Aaron gets a touch that’s too far and he gets the all but he follows through.

“It’s hard to argue against the referee but then he didn’t go through his ankle, he hit him on the top of his foot.”

 

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Chelsea boss Tuchel ‘liked what he saw’ in narrow CL win

Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel has praised his side after their 1-0 win against Zenit in the Champions League.

Romelu Lukaku’s 69th minute header was enough to get the Blues over the line as they began their trophy defence with a win.

, but Tuchel was happy with the intensity shown by his players



“It was not frustrating. It was tough against very strong opponents. We had to work really hard. I felt a huge intensity from us which we brought to the game,” the boss told .

“We struggled a bit to create chances and shots in the first half. In the second half it was a bit easier to find spaces and shoot. It was a deserved win. Hard earned. It took us a while to make them tired but I liked what I saw.

“We expected a tough game because it’s the highest competition in Europe and it’s the Russian champions.”

The German has insisted his team are not the finished article despite their strong start to the season.

“We had to be at our top level. I am happy because we had to work a lot. It was not easy. It’s tough to perform consistently at that level,” he added.

“Winning is good for our belief. We are not finished but we are in a good place to improve.

“The first step is done. But there are five more matches to go [in the group stage].”

And Tuchel has emphasised Lukaku’s winning goal is the reason he was brought in for £97.5million this summer.

“You need the energy from the crowd and it was a fantastic atmosphere.

“It was an excellent header [from for the goal], a well-timed cross by Azpilicueta. He was brave enough to step up and we had bodies in the box.

“That’s why he [Lukaku] is here. He likes to score and he’s decisive for us.”

 

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