Ole Gunnar Solskjaer calls for better discipline from his Manchester United players after red card and backpass from Jesse Lingard results in Red Devils European defeat at Young Boys
- Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Young Boys in the Champions League
- The Red Devils led early, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card changed the game
- Jesse Lingard’s poor backpass gave the Swiss side a 95-minute winner
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants his United side to have better discipline in the future
- The Norwegian thinks Cristiano Ronaldo should have been given a penalty in the second half
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned Manchester United must learn from their mistakes in Europe if they want to avoid another early Champions League exit.
Tuesday night’s shock defeat in Bern echoed a 2-1 defeat to Basaksehir in Istanbul last November, which marked the beginning of the end of United’s group campaign as they slumped in the Europa League.
Solskjaer’s side have plenty of time to recover in their remaining five games in Group F, but the manager wants more discipline after penalizing United for Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card and Jesse Lingard’s late foul.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Man United should learn from their mistakes at Young Boys
Jesse Lingard’s bad backpass gave Jordan Siebatcheu (right) a stoppage time winner in Bern
“Discipline is a big part of the game in football in general, not just the Champions League,” Solskjaer said.
“A lack of concentration, you make a mistake and you’re done. We did that last year, when we conceded two sloppy counter-attacks against Basaksehir and lost that game in the last seconds today.
“So we know we’ve given ourselves a more difficult task. We did that last year when everyone thought we were done after two games.
“You need 10 or 12 points: win your home games and one away from home. We lost the chance to get three points, but we now have two home games and need to focus on those two.”
Lingard looked downcast after his mistake resulted in United a loss in the Champions League
Solskjaer says he understands the decision to send Aaron Wan-Bissaka away for a big challenge
On the red card, Solskjaer said: “I can understand why he gives it. Aaron is normally a very astute tackler, one of the best in the world, but he goes too far. It’s never a dangerous tackle because it hits him in the foot.
“We saw with Harvey Elliot that sometimes you can see serious injuries, but it was never reckless or malicious. Maybe inexperience to continue without the ball, but the boy wouldn’t get hurt. And after that it makes a difference with 10 people.’
On Lingard’s mistake, the United boss added: “Jesse wants to play it safe and the pass misplaced. That happens in football. In hindsight Harry is a very good player. If Jesse gets that chance again, he’ll turn, spin and kick the ball the other way.’
United boss is furious that Cristiano Ronaldo (right) didn’t get a penalty in the second half
However, Solskjaer felt that French referee Francois Letexi refrained from giving a penalty for Mohamed Ali Camara’s challenge to Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half, as he should have also shown a red card.
“He pushes him with his arm and he stands one-on-one with the keeper. But he probably didn’t because he should have sent him off the pitch and that’s what you sometimes get with young referees,” said Solskjaer, who put a comforting arm around Ronaldo when he surprisingly knocked out United’s goalscorer in the 72nd minute.
“He’s exceptional, but we have to take care of him and it felt like the right time to take him off.”