Ole Gunnar Solskjaer laments Manchester United’s lack of discipline in Bern
Posted On September 15, 2021
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stressed need for improved discipline and focus after mistakes by 10 Manchester United players led to shock Champions League loss to Young Boys
A kind-looking group had a nightmare start in Bern as Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card changed the dynamics of a first-game which began with the return of striker Cristiano Ronaldo scoring again.
United had to play a light man for 55 minutes at the boisterous Wankdorf Stadion, where David Wagner’s Young Boys put on an impressive display and claimed a famous 2-1 comeback victory to the death.
Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu rightly equalized for the Swiss champions and a terrible back pass from Jesse Lingard deep in stoppage time allowed substitute Jordan Siebatcheu to seal a stunning victory.
“It’s in football in general, not just in the Champions League, discipline is an integral part of the game,” Solskjaer said.
“Aaron is normally a very, very astute tackle – one of the best in the world. We know we gave ourselves a tougher job than we did last year, but everyone thought we were done after two games last year.
“You need 10, maybe 12 points, you need to win your home games, win one away.
“Of course we lost the opportunity to get three points, but we have two next home games and we have to focus on both of them.
“This is football for you at the highest level. Lack of focus, make a mistake and you get punished. You have finished.
“We did it last year in Europe. We conceded two botched counterattacks against Basaksehir and we lost this match.
“Today in the dying seconds Jesse just wants to play it safe and just a misplaced pass and you conceded a goal. It happens in football.
“Looking back – Harry looking back – he’s a very good player, so of course Jesse if he can get that chance again he’ll spin and pivot and start the other way around.” We will learn from it. “
Solskjaer understood why referee Francois Letexier sent off Wan-Bissaka, highlighting Liverpool youngster Harvey Elliott’s injury over the weekend while talking about right-back’s reckless challenge over Christopher Martins Pereira.
But the United boss felt Young Boys should also have been reduced to 10 men after Mohamed Ali Camara challenged Ronaldo in the box early in the second half.
“You can never be surprised by the man,” Solskjaer said of the Portuguese, who made a record 177th Champions League appearance on Tuesday.
“He scores another goal, he should have had a penalty and be sent off the other way. He jumped at this mistake.
“He’s exceptional but we also have to take care of him and it was a good time to retire him.
“He pushes him with his arm and it’s clear he’s one-on-one with the keeper. He is in front of him.
“But he probably didn’t dare to do it because he had to send him out so it would have been difficult. Sometimes that’s what you get with young referees. “
While Solskjaer accused Letexier of naivety, he faced a similar charge after knocking out Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes – who provided an assist in the first – in the 72nd minute.
“The game lasted 70 odd minutes,” said the Norwegian. “They ran a lot, Saturday and today.
“Astroturfing, of course, also takes its toll and we wanted the experience of Nemanja (Matic) to keep the ball and Jesse’s legs.”
As United heal their injuries after a terrible Group F start, Young Boys fans will be celebrating long after former Huddersfield boss Wagner led them to victory.
“We’ve won a few games already, but beating Manchester United in the Champions League is unique,” he said.
“I am really very happy for everyone who witnessed it. Everyone here has played their part. The guys went above and beyond their limits. This is only possible with great support.
“We wanted to show our intensity, our aggressiveness and our passion. The guys did brilliantly and deserve huge credit. “