If you have never heard of Young Boys, you are probably not alone. They are actually a very good team that has been one of the most successful teams that has played in the Swiss League.
With that being said, a team with the caliber of Manchester United should not be losing to a team like this. United fell 2-1 to the Swiss Young Boys on Tuesday afternoon for Manchester United’s first Champions League group stage game.
This is only the 1st of 6 group stage games, but United’s work is cut out for them now with an opening game defeat. Let’s dive into some of the key points of the game.
Ronaldo, the Hero Again
Ronaldo gave United the lead in the 13th minute from a spectacular outside-of-the-foot cross from Portuguese teammate, Bruno Fernandes. Ronaldo finished the cross near post through the goalkeeper’s legs for his 3rd goal in 2 games playing for his new team.
This was one of the only dangerous plays that Manchester United had throughout the whole game. Ronaldo had a breakaway late in the first half where he was shoulder to shoulder with a defender. He went down to the ground, but there was no penalty called from the ref despite an appeal from Ronaldo.
Wan-Bissaka’s Red Card
A big point in the game came from a tackle from Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the 35th minute of the game. His tackle was studs-up into the top of the foot of the Young Boys’ player on the ball. It was a reckless challenge by Wan-Bissaka and resulted in a straight red card.
Manchester United went the rest of the game playing with 10 men and didn’t have a threatening chance the rest of the game as they focused mainly on defending the Young Boys’ attack. Jaden Sancho was immediately subbed out of the game for Diogo Dalot for defensive purposes.
This had a huge impact on the game and led to United’s halt on offense and struggles to handle the Young Boy’s attack.
Not-So-Supersub Jesse Lingard
I love Jesse Lingard as much as anyone, and his story of how he has been able to be successful on loan from Manchester United is beautiful for the game of soccer. Nonetheless, his mistake at the end of the game to give Young Boys the victory was inexcusable.
Lingard played a slow ball back to goalkeeper, De Gea, that ended up being a perfect pass to the American, Jordan Pefok. Congrats to the American on scoring on the big stage, but this can’t happen from Lingard, and he knows this. Ronaldo watched from the sideline as the player who subbed him out made this crucial mistake in the dying moments of the game.
Next Champions League Match
United will play Villarreal at Old Trafford for their next Champions League matchup on September 29 at 3pm EST. Young Boys will play on that same day at 12:45 pm EST at Atalanta as they look to keep their winning ways alive.
Manchester United will play Young Boys again at Old Trafford for their last Champions League group stage game at 3 pm EST on December 8th.