BERNE: Manchester United captain Harry Maguire (Photo) said poor discipline cost his side in their 2-1 Champions League loss to Young Boys on Tuesday, but insisted there was plenty of time to change things.
United had taken the lead thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo and seemed on track to kick off this season’s Champions League campaign on a level playing field, but Young Boys turned things around dramatically in the second half.
The expulsion of Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the 35th minute proved to be costly, with no team having won the Champions League before after losing their opener in the history of the competition.
“Of course, discipline is an integral part of tournament football,” said Maguire. “If it was a knockout game and we were knocked out of the competition because we’re down to 10 men, everyone would be kicking each other.
“We’re lucky this is the group’s first game and we have a lot of time to bounce back.”
The winning goal in the 95th minute came after a defensive error by substitute Jesse Lingard, who terribly managed a back pass.
Maguire, however, refused to blame the winger for the loss.
“With Jesse, no footballer likes to make mistakes, but that is obviously part of the game,” added Maguire.
“We are humans, every footballer makes mistakes, we will learn from them, they will learn from them. He will get up and be ready to go on Sunday (against West Ham). “
Young Boys coach David Wagner was delighted with his team’s famous victory.
“We have shown what we can do, we have earned it,” said Wagner.
“It’s an incredible night for this club. You can see what that means to the fans, having been kept away for so long. “- Reuters