Manchester United’s Champions League campaign got off to a disastrous start on Tuesday night after they fell to a last-minute defeat away at Young Boys.
Summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo scored his third goal in just two games since returning to the 20-time English champions, but it wasn’t enough to seal the three points in this Group F curtain-raiser.
The Portugal international opened the scoring after 13 minutes when he slotted the ball into the back of the net following a delightful through ball by compatriot Bruno Fernandes.
United were relatively comfortable at the Wankdorf Stadium in the subsequent 20 minutes as Ole Gunnar Solsjaer’s charges controlled possession and began to take control of the game.
However, Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first red card of his Red Devils career immediately changed the complexity of proceedings in Switzerland.
Moumi Ngamaleu bagged a much-deserved equaliser just after the hour mark following constant Young Boys pressure after the half-time interval before a stray backpass from substitute Jesse Lingard presented Theoson-Jordan Siebatcheu with a golden opportunity to wrap up a historical comeback victory for the Super League outfit.
It was a poor night all round for United, with no player putting in a memorable performance, yet one arguably let Solskjaer down more than most in a hugely underwhelming midweek display.
As per SofaScore, Lingard received a match rating of just 5 out of 10, the lowest total received by anyone on the pitch in Bern.
And when taking a closer look at his underlying numbers, it’s easy to understand why. The 28-year-old came on as a 72nd substitute for Ronaldo as Solskjaer looked to catch his opponents out on the break, yet Lingard failed to make an impact in the final third.
The England international achieved a passing accuracy of just 17% after misplacing five of six attempted passes, only had eight touches and gave away possession five times.
His inability to keep hold of the ball seriously hindered United’s ability to get up the pitch and relieve the pressure on the backline and his sloppy backpass capped off a poor night on a personal level for the versatile forward.
Lingard will be hoping to bounce back quickly after enjoying a promising start to the season for both club and country, with next week’s Carabao Cup tie at home to West Ham United potentially presenting the ideal opportunity to get back to his best form.