- Peter Schmeichel criticizes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s strategy in the Champions League
- Manchester United beat Swiss side Young Boys 2-1 at home
- Schmeichel questions Solskjaer’s starting line-up that missed key players
- He also disagreed with suppressing Cristiano Ronaldo and leaving Mason Greenwood.
Peter Schmeichel is the latest former Manchester United player to blast manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘weird’ strategy in a 2-1 loss to the Young Boys.
United faced a humiliating opener for their Champions League campaign against Swiss Minnows despite Cristiano Ronaldo keeping him ahead.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first-half red card prompted Solskjaer to make several tactical and personnel changes, but the Red Devils were undone when a horror pass from Jesse Lingard hit Young Boys forward Jordan Sibacheau in the 95th minute. allowed to win.
Peter Schmeichel (left) criticizes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s (right) strategy against Young Boys
Terrible back-pass from Jesse Lingard (center) allowed the Young Boys to score an injury-time winner
The United legend said playing Mason Greenwood (right) was not the wrong decision at all
Solskjaer has now lost seven of 11 Champions League matches as the United boss and Schmeichel were among many observers to question the Norwegian’s thinking against the Young Boys.
The former United goalkeeper suggested that Solskjaer may have taken a look at the club’s weekend Premier League match against West Ham, influencing his selection along with the likes of match-starter Rafael Varane.
‘We can always question team selection, I think when your next game is on Sunday at West Ham, the first game in the Champions League – why don’t you play your best team, your best players?’ Schmeichel told CBS Sports.
Referring to Solskjaer’s post-match complaints about the artificial pitch at Young Boys Stadium, Schmeichel said: ‘Regardless of Astroturf, whatever excuse you come up with, win.
Schmeichel questions United boss’ decision not to start defender Rafael Varane (left)
Schmeichel said it was a ‘strange’ decision for Jesse Lingard to replace Cristiano Ronaldo
‘I think when you look at Mason Greenwood, he’s in great form, he’s a youngster, he creates chances and not only does he score, he creates opportunities for others.
‘(Rafael) Varane has just come to the club but I would have loved to see them both play.’
Schmeichel was particularly angry at Solskjaer’s decision to sack goal-scorer Ronaldo, saying he could have been the difference maker in the tie.
The United legend also expressed his displeasure at the move to replace the Portuguese with Jesse Lingard, who is not a striker and was not in United’s favor until recently.
“As a fan, we want Ronaldo to be on the pitch, even if he is less than 10 men, if he gets the ball, he can do something,” Schmeichel said.
‘They’ve been hoping for that kind of player for a very long time and he puts someone on that he sent on loan (Lingard) last year. He’s a player he tried to sell, tried to loan, and he took Ronaldo in his place, I find it strange.’
Schmeichel also took issue with Solskjaer’s decision to bring in Anthony Martial at the end
Solskjaer’s decision to bring in Anthony Martial was another head-scratcher for Schmeichel when United were trying to close the game.
“But to get the in-house result, it’s 1-1, they kept Marshall, we talked about him, it was really weird because Marshall doesn’t defend well,” he said .
He doesn’t work hard, he’s a goalscorer, but we’re less than 10 men, we don’t expect to create many chances, so why keep Marshall?’
Schmeichel echoed the concern of fellow United legends Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes, who also felt Solskjaer’s strategy and replacement were once again found to be desired.