Young Boys 2-1 Man Utd: Ole’s men suffer shock defeat in Bern

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Young Boys 2-1 Man Utd: Ole’s men suffer shock defeat in Bern

Manchester United suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in their opening Champions League group stage match.

The atmosphere cranked up as kick-off approached at the rocking Stadion Wankdorf, where Meschack Elia looked lively during the opening stages and struck wide.

Their confident start was cancelled out as Fred cut out a pass and started a counter-attack, with Fernandes sending over a superb cross from the left with the outside of his boot to Cristiano Ronaldo, whose effort squeezed through David Von Ballmoos’ legs.



then produced a strong save to deny impressive Christian Fassnacht midway through the first half, with United breaking swiftly as opposite number Von Ballmoos thwarted Ronaldo.

Michel Aebischer missed the target against a side whose tricky-looking evening was made even tougher 10 minutes before half-time.

Attempting to win the ball back after an initial heavy touch, Wan-Bissaka only succeeded in leaving his studs in Martins Pereira’s ankle. Referee Francois Letexier showed the right-back a straight red card.

Solskjaer replaced Jadon Sancho with Diogo Dalot in an attempt to bring balance to a defence that was breathing a sigh of relief when Fassnacht fizzed wide.

Vincent Sierro had a hopeful attempt before half-time gave the visitors a chance to regroup, with Raphael Varane introduced as United went to a back five.

The visitors sat back and soaked up pressure but looked set to double their advantage in the 54th minute, when raced through and went down under pressure from Mohamed Ali Camara. No penalty was awarded to the forward’s chagrin.

It was a rare voyage forwards in a shocking second-half display by United, who were facing wave after wave of attack without a coherent out ball.

Varane was booked for time-wasting as whistles echoed around a ground where frustration turned to elation in the 66th minute.

Having burst forward and helped the ball on its way out wide, Moumi Ngamaleu continued into the box and directed a cross past De Gea.

But the hosts continued to unsettle, with a break to deal with a pitch invader giving United some respite.

Ngamaleu struck across the face of goal as the clock wound down and De Gea looked to have secured the visitors a point when superbly stopping Sandro Lauper’s effort.

But Young Boys continued undeterred and found a winner in the fifth and final minute of stoppage time. Substitute Lingard played a brainless backpass that Theoson Siebatcheu lapped up and struck beyond De Gea.

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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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