UEFA Champions League match report Young Boys v Manchester United 14 September 2021


Manchester United started their UEFA Champions League campaign with a surprise 2-1 defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday evening.

United made three changes from their win over Newcastle United as Victor Lindelof, Fred and Donny van de Beek came into the fold. With Cristiano Ronaldo starting, the Portuguese equalled Iker Casillas' Champions League record of 177 appearances.

Ronaldo gave United the lead in the 13th minute with a first-time finish past goalkeeper David von Ballmoos at the back post after a superb cross by Bruno Fernandes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's charges slowed the tempo of the game down after that but that only invited pressure as they were reduced to 10 men with 10 minutes remaining of the first stanza after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was shown a straight red card for a lunging tackle on Christopher Martins.

Young Boys had a big chance to level matters three minutes later after Christian Fassnacht latched on to a through ball unmarked at the back post with United still sorting themselves out at the back, but he flashed his strike just wide of the goal.

Solskjaer made a tactical change at half-time, as he brought on Raphael Varane in place of Van de Beek but Ronaldo had a good chance eight minutes inside the second stanza after going through on goal from a long ball but after entering the box, he went down too easily under the challenge of Mohamed Ali Camara.

However, United's resistance eventually broke on 66 minutes as Nicolas Ngamaleu levelled matters for the hosts with a first-time finish inside the box after a cross by Silvan Hefti.

The Red Devils responded with a double change in the last 18 minutes, as Jesse Lingard replaced Ronaldo for fresh legs up front and Nemanja Matic came on for Fernandes for defensive solidity in midfield.

Sandro Lauper then came close for the Swiss side with a dipping strike from the edge of the box that was brilliantly tipped over the bar by shot-stopper David de Gea.

With the game seemingly headed for a draw, Jordan Siebatcheu dramatically snatched the winner for Young Boys in stoppage time with a strike past De Gea after intercepting a sloppy back-pass by Lingard.

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