Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends subbing Cristiano Ronaldo as ‘AstroTurf takes its toll’ and ‘it was right moment’

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JESSE LINGARD’S schoolboy error despatched Manchester United to a dramatic defeat of their Champions League opener.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made some questionable substitutions and tactical modifications as United fell aside following Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s purple card for an ankle-high draw back.

Jesse Lingard gifted Young Boys their winner all through the Ninety fifth minuteCredit: AP

Young Boys levelled before Lingard’s underhit backpass allowed the hosts to seize a Ninety fifth-minute winner.

But the supervisor blamed the referee, the astroturf pitch and United’s indiscipline as his aspect imploded in Switzerland after Cristiano Ronaldo broke the impasse.

Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes have been each surprisingly subbed after 72 minutes with the scores diploma.

Solskjaer acknowledged: “The recreation had gone 70-odd minutes, they’ve each been working pretty a bit Saturday and on this recreation, the AstroTurf takes its toll, we wished Nemanja Matic’s expertise and Jesse’s legs.

“Cristiano’s exceptional but we have to look after him and it felt like the right moment to take him off.”

United have been 1-0 up when French ref Francois Letexier waved away Ronaldo’s attraction after he was bundled over all through the world.


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Solskjaer furthermore questioned Wan-Bissaka’s Thirty fifth-minute sending off for a difficulty on Christopher Martins.

The Norwegian felt his right-back’s poor draw back stemmed from the ball skipping up on Bern’s astroturf pitch.

Soskjaer added: “Cristiano ought to have had a penalty and it ought to have been a purple card.

“He shoves him collectively collectively along with his arm and he’s one on one with the keeper nonetheless he virtually positively didn’t do it as he’d have wished to ship him off and that’s generally what you get with youthful refs.

“It’s onerous to argue in opposition to the referee [for the red card] nonetheless then he didn’t endure his ankle, he hit him on the easiest of his foot.

“But it was on no account reckless or malicious.

“Maybe it was inexperience to endure with out the ball nonetheless the boy wasn’t going to be injured. And it makes it troublesome after that with ten males.

Lack of focus, make errors and you get punished, you get carried out

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

“That’s somewhat little bit of bit the astroturf, Aaron will get a contact that’s too far and he’ll get the ball nonetheless he follows via.”

Solskjaer has now misplaced SEVEN of his 11 Champions League matches accountable for United.

Indiscipline value them final season as they went out on the group stage.

And they shot themselves all through the foot as quickly as additional final night time via Wan-Bissaka’s purple card and Lingard’s underhit backpass, which allowed Jordan Siebatcheu to attain the winner.

Solskajer added: “Discipline is a gigantic a part of the sport.

“Lack of focus, make errors and you get punished, you get carried out.

“We did that final yr, we conceded two sloppy counter-attacks in opposition to Istanbul Basaksehir and misplaced this recreation all through the final word second.

“Jesse should play it secure and misplaces the cross, concedes the intention, that occurs in soccer.

“Harry Hindsight is an excellent participant, if Jesse will get that likelihood as quickly as additional he turns, swivels and boots the ball the choice means.

“Aaron’s usually a really, very astute tackler, among the many many finest on the earth, so everybody is aware of we’ve given ourselves a tougher train now, we did final yr when everybody thought we now have been via after two video video video games.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his decision to sub Ronaldo off after 72 minutes
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his choice to sub Ronaldo off after 72 minutesCredit: AFP
The Swiss side celebrated their last-ditch winner wildly as they stunned the Red Devils
The Swiss aspect celebrated their last-ditch winner wildly as they shocked the Red DevilsCredit: Getty
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