Manchester United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended switching formation midway by means of his staff’s Champions League defeat to Young Boys, in addition to his determination to take off each Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes with the sport within the steadiness.
United went forward early in Switzerland when Ronaldo scored his third aim in solely his second recreation since his return to the membership. But Young Boys piled on the stress after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was despatched off and scored twice within the second half, together with a stoppage time winner.
“You saw the signs towards the end of the first half that they were going switch it and get crosses in with the wing-back,” Solskjaer said of his switch to a back three at half-time, via ManUtd.com.
“I thought we coped really well. We were a bit lazy going out and blocking the cross for the first goal, a bit unlucky because it then gets deflected off Luke, and then the last goal, that’s just unfortunate.”
Once Young Boys had equalised, Solskjaer appeared to be keen on settling for a draw when he replaced Ronaldo and Fernandes with Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic respectively.
“The game had gone 70-odd minutes, [Ronaldo and Fernandes] had been running a lot, both on Saturday and today. The astroturf takes its toll as well and we wanted Nemanja’s experience to keep hold of the ball and Jesse’s legs,” the United boss is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“Ronaldo is phenomenal…however we now have to take care of him as properly and it felt like the proper second to take him off.”
Solskjaer was additionally eager to defend Lingard, who lax go immediately gave Young Boys their winner.
“Jesse wants to play it safe and misplaces a pass and we concede a goal. It happens in football. Harry Hindsight is a very good player so if Jesse could have that chance again, he’ll turn a boot it the other way. But we’ll learn from it,” the United boss mentioned.
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