Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that Manchester United must “deal” with Cristiano Ronaldo following his substitution in a disastrous loss to Young Boys.
United got their Champions League campaign off to a bad start in Bern, dropping a 1-0 lead thanks to Ronaldo’s opening goal after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off in the first half.
Jordan Siebatcheu’s last winner came after Solskjaer replaced Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes in the 72nd minute. Jesse Lingard – Ronaldo’s replacement – played the Young Boys forward with a backpass.
Solskjaer’s handling of the game has been called into question following the Europa League loss to Villarreal in May and is coming under scrutiny again, as United prepare to rebound against La Liga at Old Trafford in a fortnight.
When asked to explain his thinking behind the substitutions, Solskjaer said: “The game was about 70 minutes long, they had run a lot on Saturday and today the astro turf is taking it as well.
“We wanted Nemanja [Matic]the experience of keeping the ball and Jesse’s legs. “
On Ronaldo, the United manager added: “You can never be surprised by the man. He scored another goal, he should have had a penalty and sent off the other way. He jumped on that mistake. .
“He is exceptional but we have to take care of him and it was a good time to take him off.”