Manchester United are determined to start their Champions League campaign with a dominant win against the group’s minnows, BSC Young Boys. Instead, the exact opposite happened, as a 10-men Red Devils fell to a shocking 1-2 loss – starting their UCL campaign in shambolic fashion.
The Red Devils started the match strongly and took the lead in the 13th minute – when Cristiano Ronaldo finished from close range to score in his record-equalling 177th UCL appearance. But just as it looked like United would cruise to a win, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off after the half-hour mark – turning the game upside down.
Young Boys powered up the pressure in the second half and got their equalizer in the 66th minute when Nicolas Ngamaleu reacted quickest to tap in a cross past David de Gea to make it 1-1! Just as it looked like United would have to settle for one point, a horrific backpass from Jesse Lingard gifted a goal to Jordan Siebatcheu in added time to basically gift a win to Young Boys.
The worst possible way for United to start their UCL campaign. A definite night to forget. They’ll have to do a lot to undo this and win their group now.
Manchester United player ratings vs Young Boys
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (4.0)–
Solskjaer started with the right XI knowing the conditions, but his game management after Wan-Bissaka’s red card was poor. Even though couldn’t do a whole lot with 10-men, his substitutions didn’t make sense – especially taking out the likes of Ronaldo, Bruno and allowing the poor Pogba to play. Bringing on Lingard also proved a big mistake as he basically gifted Young Boys the win.
A day to forget for OGS & co, but he has to improve his management in the coming Champions League games for United to avoid another embarrassment like last season.
David de Gea (6.0) –
De Gea is tested in the 24th minute by a menacing long-ranger, but makes a sharp save to deny Young Boys a goal. Then makes a fantastic stop to deny Young Boys a winner in the 88th. But then saw Lingard basically gift Siabatcheu the winner – one he couldn’t really do much to save.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka (3.0) –
Wan-Bissaka looked a bit too eager to impress and ended up making a poor studs-up challenge on Christopher Martins in the 36th minute, resulting in a red card. Poor.
Victor Lindelof (6.0) –
Lindelof is picked ahead of Raphael Varane and aims to make a strong impression in this match. Showed decent awareness to clear danger on a few occasions in the first half. Missed on a few aerial duels, but Lindelof actually did his job decently and not really at fault for either of the goals.
Harry Maguire (6.5) –
Maguire seems to be thriving under the pressure of this European trip and looks sharp with his challenges. Covered a lot of ground in the game, winning 6 key duels, making 5 clearances and 4 tackles. Had to do a lot to also cover for Shaw and probably United’s strongest defensive figure on the day.
Luke Shaw (4.5) –
The left-back looks hungry as ever to move the ball forward, but was unable to create anything prominent in the first half. Defensively he was shaky all game long and allowed the cross to go past him too easily for the equalizer.
Fred (5.0) –
Fred is again operating as United’s deepest lying midfielder and gets barged off the ball early on. Takes an ambitious right-footed shot that goes over in the 20th. Struggled physically with the Young Boys midfielders almost throughout the game, but looked a bit sharper and helped recover possession occasionally in the second half.
Donny van de Beek (6.5) –
Van de Beek finally gets his first start of the season! Very disciplined with his work in the middle but still seems to be struggling at times with the physicality of the game. His passing was also very clean throughout the half. Subbed after the break for a defensive sub.
Paul Pogba (3.5) –
Pogba’s back in the left-wing role again today. Rather inefficient throughout the game, losing key duels and giving away the ball on a few occasions. Couldn’t create anything and was bullied by the physical Young Boys side all game long. A day to forget for Pogba.
Bruno Fernandes (7.5)–
Bruno looks recharged after his goal against Newcastle and is trying to dictate play for United. Makes an exceptional pass with the outside of his foot to set up Ronaldo’s goal. Had to do a lot of defensive work after Wan-Bissaka’s red-card, playing as a right-winger of sorts after that. Created a few half-chances after that before being subbed after the equalizer.
Jadon Sancho (5.0) –
Sancho’s playing in his natural right-wing and got a decent scoring chance in the 4th when spotted inside the box, but couldn’t control the cross well enough to score. Scrambled a bit in the final third and needs to improve his decision-making. Subbed after Wan-Bissaka’s sending off for a defensive change.
Cristiano Ronaldo (7.5) –
Ronaldo equals the appearance for the most appearances in UCL history in this one. Almost gets an early assist by playing a lovely chipped pass to Sancho inside the box but doesn’t see him score it.
And gets his goal after popping up in the far-post before pouncing on Bruno’s terrific pass and nutmegging the goalkeeper. Smacks a powered attempt at the keeper in the 25th. Showed decent power to go through on goal in the 54th, but unable to finish off the chance. Surprisingly subbed with about 20 minutes to go.
Diogo Dalot (6.5) –
Dalot did well to deal with pressure on the right, not allowing Young Boys to create much through his side. Even whipped in some nice crosses, but unable to see them converted. Will have to continue impressing in the next UCL games with Wan-Bissaka suspended.
Raphael Varane (6.0) –
Varane makes his UCL debut for United under challenging circumstances. Started the half really strongly, making clutch challenges but allowed the goalscorer to get ahead of him for the equalizer. Made 7 clearances in the end, but unable to save United from a loss.
Nemanja Matic (N/R) –
Matic helped bring more composure to United’s backline after coming on and hassled some of Young Boys’ players with his physicality.
Jesse Lingard (3.0) –
Lingard looked a bit clueless with his role after coming on and made no impact in the attack whatsoever. To make things worse, then gifted the win to Young Boys with an unnecessary, silly backpass in the dying moments of the game.
Anthony Martial (N/R) –
Got only a few touches of the ball.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Fernandes was probably United’s brightest player today, but Young Boys’ Nicolas Ngamaleu deserves this one for kick-starting their comeback.