Our 3️⃣ points as Young Boys STUN ten-man Man Utd

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Joel Sanderson-Murray

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The Champions League group stage kicked off in dramatic fashion as Young Boys scored a 95th-minute winner to beat ten-man Manchester United 2-1 in Bern.

Here is what we made of it.

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Full time

On the back-foot already

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Matchday one has only just finished but Manchester United have made life a little bit more difficult themselves in their quest for progression to the knockout rounds.

Losing to Young Boys ranks alongside, if it doesn’t surpass, the disappointment of losing to Istanbul Başakşehir last season and will not go down as one of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s finest hours.

United did play almost 60 minutes with ten-men and did have a goal lead to protect but there’s a way to play with depleted numbers and Solskjaer’s men didn’t do themselves any favours, particularly in the second half.

They sought to protect their lead and after being pegged back, looked to settle for the draw but with the likes of Ronaldo, Fernandes and Paul Pogba on the field for the majority of the time after the red card Solskjaer had enough quality on the pitch to still control the ball and look for that killer second goal.

Instead they played with fire and were burnt not once, but twice and start the group on zero points having played the supposed ‘weakest teams’ in the group.

Villarreal and Atalanta are no easy rides and United have made what looked like a pleasant group on paper into what could be an unpleasant experience.


Game changes in Wan moment

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The axis of the game turned on Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card in the 35th minute.

United looked relatively comfortable up until that moment courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s opener and weren’t being threatened too regularly by their Swiss opponents.

But out of nowhere, a tremendous chance to pick up three points developed into chaos and changes the whole outlook of Manchester United’s Champions League journey.

There could be no complaints about the decision with the right-back arriving to the tackle late and catching his opponent in full force.

United supporters did not have any idea the momentum was about to swing so rapidly in the opposite direction.


Ronaldo’s blossoming return continues

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It feels a long time since Manchester United took the lead but the goalscorer was entirely inevitable, wasn’t it?

Cristiano Ronaldo scored on his second Champions League debut for the club, adding to the two goals he bagged against Newcastle at the weekend.

It’s been some start to the second coming of the 36-year-old, almost like he has never been away.

Ronaldo’s movement for the first goal was all any manager would want from their centre-forward, pulling away at the back-post before coming alive when the ball made it’s way into the box.

Bruno Fernandes’ outside-of-the-foot pass to pick out his compatriot was sublime, and an indication of the connection the pair could have which could prove very fruitful for United.

Solskjaer will be desperate for that combination to produce again if United are going to recover from tonight.