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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be feeling somewhat sheepish after a Champions League promise he made immediately backfired. Solskjaer’s side slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in Switzerland in their first game in Group F on Tuesday evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo had got the Red Devils off to the perfect start when he scored his third goal in just his second game on his return to give them the lead.
But after United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off on 35 minutes Young Boys levelled in the second-half through Moumi Ngamaleu.
And they grabbed a dramatic winner deep into injury time through Theoson Siebatcheu to send the home fans delirious.
It was a far from perfect start to Solskjaer and his team’s European campaign – and the Norwegian will not want to be reminded that he insisted such a defeat would not happen again after being reminded of a similar loss to Istanbul Basaksehir last season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man Utd had a night to forget (Image: Getty)
In November 2020 United were stunned by the Turkish minnows as they fell to a 2-1 loss.
And it ultimately ended up costing them as they failed to qualify from their group, finishing below Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig as they were knocked out of Europe’s elite competition early.
Speaking on a MU Live video ahead of the Young Boys clash, Solskjaer was asked if he had learned from that humbling experience in Istanbul.
And he replied: “That Başakşehir game, we’re going to make sure that doesn’t happen this season.”
United will still feel they have enough quality to make it to the knockout stages in a group which also contains Villarreal and Atalanta.
But the defeat to Young Boys was a dreadful opening, and there will now be increased pressure when they face the side that beat them in the Europa League final last season, Villarreal, at Old Trafford on September 29.
United captain Harry Maguire was interviewed after Tuesday’s game, and told MUTV: “We started the second half well, I think the shape helped us defend crosses a lot better, you saw towards the end of the first half they put a lot of numbers in the box and with a back four we couldn’t really control the box very well.
“The shape worked really well, it’s two goals we’ve conceded and not really any major chances, a few long-range shots and crosses across our goal which you expect with 10 men.
Man Utd were left stunned by Young Boys (Image: Getty)
“We could have been more of a threat on the counter-attack, but it’s disappointing to take.”
United will look to get back to winning ways when they face West Ham in the Premier League on Sunday.
And they take on the Hammers again just three days later, this time in the Carabao Cup.