Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained the substitutions of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandez in their 2-1 Champions League loss to Young Boys. He added that the side will only learn from their mistakes moving forward. When the game was finely poised at 1-1, Solsjaer made a triple substitution including the two Portuguese players. Both players were involved in the first Manchester United goal in the first half.
“Young Boys were petrified of Ronaldo but Lingard plays how l used to play – he will come back and get the ball, and that’s not helping because you are down to 10 men already.” Manchester United boss said after substituting Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes in the Champions League loss to Young Ones. “You want the ball going the other way because if the ball goes the other way then your opponents can squeeze the game. That’s all Young Boys did: they pushed up to the halfway line because there was no threat behind.”
“The game had gone 70-odd minutes, they had been running a lot, both on Saturday and today,” he added. “The astroturf takes its toll as well and we wanted Nemanja’s experience to keep hold of the ball and Jesse’s legs. Ronaldo is exceptional… But we have to look after him as well and it felt like the right moment to take him off. I can understand why he gives it because Aaron takes a touch that goes too far. It’s never a dangerous tackle because it hits him on the front of his foot.”
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