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Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard has opened up on his heartbreak after his mistake led to Young Boys grabbing the win in their Champions League clash.
United took the lead in Switzerland in their opening group stage clash through Cristiano Ronaldo, but the game swung after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off after a rash challenge on Christopher Martins Pereira.
Young Boys equalised midway through the second half and United had looked set to hold out- for a 1-1 draw, before Jordan Siebatcheu latched onto a stray back pass from Jesse Lingard to fire Swiss team to victory.
And now Lingard has opened up about the error for the first time, revealing the result left him ‘hurt’ and that he was ‘upset’ for his part in the loss.
In a tweet, the United midfielder wrote: “Last night hurt. Everytime I pull on the shirt, I hope people understand what it means to me.
“I always go out wanting to do the best for the club, the team and the fans.
“I’m upset for my part in the defeat. Mistakes happen in football but we pick ourselves up and go again.”
Jesse Lingard says he is ‘upset’ for his part in the loss (Image: @JesseLingard) Fans were quick to throw their support behind Lingard, sending reassuring messages back to the midfielder.
One fan wrote: “Your bounce back will be immense bro we got your back always.”
Another added: “Keep your head up jLingz.”
“Keep your head up Jesse. We’re with you,” a third wrote.
While a fourth wrote: “It was only a mistake bro and it happens in football. Keep your head high and bounce back soon. Better games ahead.”
In Tuesday night’s other Group F game, Villarreal and Atalanta drew 2-2 at El Madrigal, leaving United bottom of the group after one game.
After the defeat, midfield ace Pogba, who played the full 90 minutes of the contest, has insisted that United will “bounce back,” issuing a rallying cry on his Instagram page.
The Frenchman, who will be looking to help United maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season on Sunday afternoon against West Ham, said: “Not the result we wanted, but we’ll bounce back.”