Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not interested in blaming Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard for key moments in Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat 2-1 to Young Boys to kick off this season’s UEFA Champions League campaign on Tuesday in Switzerland.
Cristiano Ronaldo put United 1-0 ahead but Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red card and Nicolas Ngamaleu tied the score for Young Boys before Lingard’s poor return pass was picked up by USMNT striker Jordan Pefok for an injury time winner.
Solskjaer thought the red card was an understandable one caused by a poor pitch in Switzerland, and said Lingard’s mistake was just one of those things.
“That happens in a game,” said Solskjaer, via manutd.com. “That’s football. Up and down. You have great moments, you have moments that are for and against you. He’ll handle that, and we’ll handle it.”
And Solskjaer stressed that despite the UCL’s most recent setback, United need not panic.
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“We need 12 points to continue,” said Solskjaer. “You have to win your home games, win one away from home and move on. A missed opportunity tonight of course, but last year we won our first two games against PSG and Red Bull [Leipzig] and everyone thought we were done. So we have five games to get the 10 or 12 points.”
That’s one way of looking at it.
Maguire seemed stunned by the loss, given United stayed strongly in the back for much of a 55-minute run on a man.
“We put ourselves in a strong position, it was a difficult game, a hard surface, away from home we only had 10 men left, we looked comfortable in the game, we conceded a nasty goal, it was really bad luck .” said Maguire, via The Manchester Evening News. “We didn’t play our best football, we weren’t the biggest threat on the other side of the pitch, we looked really solid, we didn’t give away too many chances, and then the big loser at the end.”
Man United visit West Ham on Sunday for a League Cup rematch days later at Old Trafford. Then it’s Aston Villa and Villarreal home.
Solskjaer: Manchester United ‘will deal’ with loss; Maguire calls it ‘unlucky’ originally appeared on NBCSports.com