Young Boys stun Red Devils Despite Ronaldo’s Champions League return

Written by on September 15, 2021

Manchester United conceded a dramatic stoppage-time goal as they lost to Young Boys 1-2 despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring on his UEFA Champions League return for the Red Devils.

Ronaldo, who became the joint all-time Champions League appearance holder on his 177th appearance in the competition, fired United ahead after an exquisite pass from fellow Portuguese Bruno Fernandes.

United played for almost an hour with 10 men after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dangerous challenge on Christopher Martins earned the defender a straight red card.

They looked set to hang on for a point in an entertaining match after Cameroon winger Moumi Ngamaleu’s equaliser.

But a 95th-minute mistake by substitute Jesse Lingard, who had replaced Ronaldo with 18 minutes left, allowed Jordan Siebatcheu to score the winner for the team that had to come through qualifying to reach the group stage.

The home fans celebrated wildly while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to reflect on a performance that saw United muster just two shots, the fewest Opta has on record in any of their 138 UEFA Champions League matches since the 2003-2004 season.

Having missed out on qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition last season, United now host Villarreal in their next Group F game on The 29th of September in a repeat of last season’s Europa League final.

Credit: BBC

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