Manchester United’s 2021/22 Champions League campaign began with a disastrous loss in Switzerland.
No team has ever lost their opening game of the Champions League in it’s current format and gone on to win the competition.
United’s trump card is Cristiano Ronaldo, who has won the competition five times.
He has a winner’s mentality and is used to breaking records. He will be determined to get the Red Devils back on track.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took Ronaldo off against Young Boys in the 71st minute with the score at 1-1.
It proved to be a disastrous substitution with United offering no threat afterwards, and replacement Jesse Lingard giving away the ball away for Young Boys’ winner.
Ronaldo was restless on the touchline, and at one point got up to join manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the technical area, gesticulating to his teammates.
Former teammate Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport: “If I’m the manager, I’ve got to be honest, I’m telling him to sit down.”
It’s the Ronaldo experience
Like it or not, this is the Cristiano Ronaldo experience Manchester United have signed up for.
United have not re-signed the player who left the club in 2009, the team is bringing back a better version, a footballer who has won everything at club level.
Ronaldo has matured into a true leader, and he will be able to inspire his teammates to raise their game.
He is delivering on the pitch with three goals in two appearances.
When Manchester United agreed to bring back Ronaldo, they signed up for the full experience.
That means Ronaldo is going to be a huge presence on and off the pitch, and 99 per cent of the time that’s positive.
There will be the odd moment like last night where he is viewed as a distraction when he is not on the pitch, but he really should have stayed on. When Ronaldo is on the field, you have a better chance to win, it’s quite simple.
At 36, Ronaldo can’t play each and every week, so the sight of him getting animated on the sidelines is something to get used to.
It’s new, but also symbolic of his will to win. That shouldn’t be urged out of him. United need to embrace it, and so does Solskjaer.
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