Ronaldo’s Men defeated by Young Boys – Winners and Losers Young Boys vs Man United
Young Boys defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Stadion Wankdorf on an amazing night of football.
The Red Devils gained the lead early on, but a red card forced them to withdraw and retreat, providing the initiative to Young Boys, who eagerly accepted it, dominated the game, and walked away with a historic victory owing to a little luck.
Who were the winners and losers in this match?
Winner: David Wagner
Huddersfield Town defeated Manchester United 2-1 at home in October 2017. Everyone was taken aback by the stunning and unbelievable victory. No one expected it to happen again. And it didn’t until tonight, to be exact.
Young Boys are not Huddersfield Town, but they played in a similarly aggressive manner with David Wagner in charge, moving the ball quickly and creating chances intelligently. They persistently pressed United, forcing blunders from their well-paid superstars.
Yes, their winning goal was fortunate, but their equalizer was “all them,” and to be honest, with some better finishing, they could have gone away with a much larger victory.
Loser: Aaron Wan-Bissaka
When Wan-Bissaka was sent out in the 35th minute of the game, United wasn’t exactly cruising, but they were up 1-0 away from home and you felt certain they’d be able to not just see the game out but also add to their lead.
Wan-Bissaka then took a weak touch and, in an attempt to recover the ball, made a studs-up over-the-ball tackle, earning him a red card. It was harsh, but lunging tackles frequently result in injuries, so it’s better if they’re severely punished.
Bissaka’s start to the season had already been rocky, and he could have used a strong performance here. Instead, he not only ruined a pleasant evening, but he also ruined a good night’s sleep.
Loser: Jesse Lingard
Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard was late. It’s past midnight. Almost the final kick of the game. Lingard attempted to give the ball back to David de Gea rather than control the ball, turn around, and try to snare a late winner, or perhaps simply play it wide and keep possession. Except he underhit the pass, allowing Jordan Siebatcheu to race onto it and dink it past De Gea.
There was complete chaos in the stands, and the point that Manchester United had judged was acceptable for a talented squad like theirs against the minnows of Young Boys had vanished. This was a setback. A heartbreaking loss that reminded me of Istanbul Basaksehir’s defeat.
Loser: Donny van de Beek
Donny is in such a bad way. You wait a long time for an opportunity to play for Manchester United, and then you get it, and you perform admirably! In the first half, he completed 23 of 25 passes and had two interceptions, and you thought he had more to contribute in the second half.
And you thought he’d make it through the game after surviving the post-red sub. But no, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took him off at halftime in a move that was meant to improve United but ended up making them worse. Who knows when he’ll get another chance to play?
Winner: Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the game’s first goal and his record-extending 135th Champions League goal on the night he tied Iker Casillas for the most appearances in Champions League history.
The Portuguese striker’s movement off the shoulder of the Young Boys defence was excellent, allowing him to latch on to Bruno Fernandes’ absolutely ridiculous trivela pass. He squandered a chance for a second goal after halftime, but he now has three goals in his first two games back with Manchester United. It’s not bad.
Loser: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer selected a team capable of defeating Young Boys. Even in midfield, they didn’t play with much authority, yet they managed to take the lead. Solskjaer had a problem with Aaron Wan-red Bissaka’s card, and he reacted in the worst possible way.
Diogo Dalot entered the game, which was excellent, but he did so in support of Jadon Sancho. This meant that United was removing their sole natural winger and forcing Bruno Fernandes to play out wide, despite the fact that he isn’t recognized for his speed or, well, being a winger. This, too, did not work, as did leave Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, to his own devices in the attack.
The Portuguese is an excellent poacher, but he no longer has the athleticism required to plough a single furrow, so anytime the ball came to him, it was returned to Young Boys in seconds.
Raphael Varane replaced Donny van de Beek at halftime, and he did an excellent job. Despite barely playing half of the game, the Frenchman finished with more clearances than anyone else. The rest of Solskjaer’s subs left his team looking shapeless and withdrawing the dynamic Fred from midfield with only a few minutes to play proved to be extremely foolish.
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