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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RONALDO’S EARLY GOAL NOT ENOUGH AS MAN UNITED BOWED DOWN TO YOUNG BOYS

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Manchester United suffered a stoppage-time 2-1 defeat away to Young Boys. Calamitous defensive mistake in their Champions League opener in Bern on Tuesday helped United States forward Jordan Pefok to net the winner.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s early goal put United 1-0 ahead before Aaron Wan-Bissaka picked up a 35th-minute red card. A stunning curled pass from Bruno Fernandes allowed Ronaldo to tap home at the back post from close range on 13 minutes as the former Juventus forward scored his third goal in two matches since returning to United.

A poor touch by Wan Bissaka then contributed to him going over the ball and heavily onto Young Boys’ Christopher Martins. Referee Francois Letexier was quick to produce the red card.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer immediately took off Jadon Sancho for Diogo Dalot before Raphael Varane replaced Donny van de Beek at half-time.

Young Boys used their numerical advantage well. And they peppered United’s goal in the second half with the equaliser eventually arriving through Nicolas Ngamaleu on 66 minutes.

The Cameroon winger toe-poked his effort home from close range and almost added a second just a minute later before.

United thought they had earned a draw despite their second-half battering. But Pefok pounced on a loose backpass by Jesse Lingard to make it 2-1 in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Villarreal and Atalanta are the other sides in Group F whose game kicked off at 19:00 GMT.

Ronaldo’s Early Goal Not Enough As Man United Bowed Down To Young Boys (africatopsports.com)

Made a decent stop at 1-0 to preserve United’s lead. Soundly beaten for both goals, which were mistakes by teammates. 6

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Fortunate to have started and his errant touch played him into trouble, resulting in a red card. The weak link in United’s defence. 2

Victor Lindelof

Guilty of one instance of porous defending and was steadier with Maguire and Raphael Varane next to him in the second-half. 5

Harry Maguire

Involved in umpteen aerial duels and was usually dominant but was dragged towards the ball for the equaliser. 5

Luke Shaw

Provided width in the first-half but this became a night of defending for the United left-back after Wan-Bissaka departed on the opposite side. 6

Donny van de Beek

Acquitted himself well on his 16th United start but did not make it out for the second-half as United switched to a back three. 6

Fred

Bypassed too often in the first-half but was more composed after United were reduced to ten men and became more combative. 6

Jadon Sancho

Was struggling before he was sacrificed for Diogo Dalot as United reorganised with 10 men. His underwhelming start continues. 5

Bruno Fernandes

A day after Solskjaer lamented social media’s obsession with assists, Fernandes executed a world-class assist that trumped the goal. 6

Paul Pogba

A quiet evening back on the left before he moved infield to complement United’s midfield shield. Had little impact. 5

Cristiano Ronaldo

Anticipated Fernandes’s perceptive pass expertly, although it was another goalkeeping error. Had to come off because of the circumstances. 7

Subs

Diogo Dalot

His first proper appearance for United in a year and he was reasonably disciplined amid the pressure from Young Boys. 6

Raphael Varane

Culpable for the equaliser. 5

Nemanja Matic

A steady influence who should have come on earlier. 6

Jesse Lingard

Major mistake. 3

Anthony Martial

A meaningless cameo. 5

Manager

Retaining Wan-Bissaka backfired and the switch to a back three was needlessly negative and heaped pressure onto United. Matic should have come on sooner. 4

Manchester United player ratings: Cristiano Ronaldo good but Aaron Wan-Bissaka poor vs Young Boys (msn.com)

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