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Manchester United's Solskjaer forced to defend tactics after shock loss to Young Boys

After seeing Manchester United slip into a surprising 2-1 loss to Young Boy, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was compelled to justify his tactics.
In second half, following a red card from Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Solskjaer reverted to a five-man defence, but the Swiss champions were still able to fight from a goal down to United on the Champions League opening night.
Despite the result it argued that it was the right option, which his captain Harry Maguire supported.

"The signs of getting the crosses in the box last five minutes of the first half," Solskjaer added.

"It has been well managed with by Raphael [Varane], Victor [Lindelof] and Harry. It was the greatest approach to manage them, but with the ball we should have done more."
The matches started Maguire and Lindelof in the center of the game, but immediately before to Solskjaer's third rear center battle, Varane, when Wan-Bissaka was sent out after 35 minutes for a reckless challenge.
United were ahead at the break thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's goal before Moumi Ngamaleu's equaliser and United States national team player Jordan Pefok's last minute winner following a lack back pass from Jesse Lingard won the game for Young Boys.


"I think the majority of their chances came late in the first half when we were playing a back four and we couldn't really get out to stop the crosses, we couldn't defend the box well enough with the number of bodies they were throwing forward into the box," said Maguire.

"And then we've come out in the second half and we looked controlled without the ball, without being a huge threat on the counter-attack. We could have done more on the ball but without the ball, they didn't really create big opportunities. The first goal is unfortunate, the deflection, I don't know who it ends up going in off.

"The last goal is a mistake, it happens in football, but it's unfortunate again. In terms of the shape without the ball, I felt it was a lot better when we went to a back three or back five. With the counter-attacks, we could have done a little bit more."


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