Solskjaer defends subbing Ronaldo at ‘right moment’ as ‘AstroTurf takes toll’

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Jesse Lingard’s school mistake sent Manchester United to a dramatic defeat in their Champions League debut.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made some questionable substitutions and tactical changes as United fell apart after a red card to Aaron Wan-Bissaka for an ankle-high challenge.

Jesse Lingard gave the Young Boys the winner’s gift in the 95th minutecredit: AP

The Young Boys allowed the hosts to capture the winner in the 95th minute before an underhit backpass from Lingard.


But the manager blamed the referee, the Astroturf pitch and United’s indiscipline as his side was stuck in Switzerland after Cristiano Ronaldo broke the deadlock.

Both Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes were surprisingly subdued with the score level after 72 minutes.

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Solskjaer said: “The game went 70-minutes, they both have a lot going on on Saturday and in this game, astroturf takes its toll, we wanted Nemanja Matic’s experience and Jesse’s leg.

“Cristiano is extraordinary but we have to take care of him and it took the right time to pull him away.”

United were 1-0 up when French referee François Latexier removed Ronaldo’s appeal after being bundled into the box.

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Solskjaer also questioned Wan-Bissaka’s sending in the 35th minute to challenge Christopher Martins.

The Norwegian felt he had a poor right back challenge stemming from skipping the ball on Bern’s astroturf pitch.

Soskjaer said: “Cristiano should have got a penalty and it should have been a red card.

“He pushes her with his hand and he’s face-to-face with the keeper, but he probably didn’t because he had to send her off and that’s sometimes what you get with young referees.

“It’s hard to argue against ref. [for the red card] But then he didn’t go through his ankle, he hit it on the top of his foot.

“But it was never reckless or malicious.

“Maybe passing without the ball was naive but the boy was not going to get injured. And then with ten men it makes it difficult.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

“It’s a bit of astroturf, Aaron gets a touch that’s too far and he gets the ball but he chases.”

Solskjaer is now defeated Seven In charge of United in their 11 Champions League matches.

Indiscipline last season cost him as he was eliminated in the group stage.

And he shot himself in the foot again last night through Wan-Bissaka’s red card and Lingard’s underhit backpass, which allowed Jordan Sibacheau the winner.

Solskjaer said: “Discipline is a big part of the game.

“Lack of concentration, make mistakes and you get punished, you work.

“We did that last year, we conceded two sloppy counter-attacks against Istanbul Basaksehir and lost the game in the last second.

“Jesse wants to play it safe and lose the pass, concede the goal, which happens in football.

“Harry hindsight is a very good player, if Jesse gets that chance again he rolls the ball to the other side, spins and boots.

“Aaron is generally a very, very smart tackler, one of the best in the world, so we know we’ve given ourselves a much harder job now than we did last year when everyone thought we were. Were after two games.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends his decision to drop Ronaldo after 72 minutes

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends his decision to drop Ronaldo after 72 minutescredit: AFP
The Swiss side wildly celebrated their last-ditch winner as they stunned the Red Devils

The Swiss side wildly celebrated their last-ditch winner as they stunned the Red Devilscredit: getty

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