Cristiano Ronaldo has complained about Manchester United’s belated collapse at Young Boys in the Champions League, but the superstar is looking at a quick response from the Red Devils.
Ronaldo has scored three goals in two games since returning to United, however, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s 10 men still suffered a 2-1 defeat after Jordan Siebatcheu pounced on Jesse Lingard’s erroneous backpass in the 95th minute.
Having equaled former Real Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas’ record with his 177th Champions League appearance on Tuesday, Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 13th minute in the first Group F game.
The goal made Young Boys the 36th different team against whom Ronaldo scored in the Champions League, a record he now shares with Lionel Messi.
But United paid the price after goalkeeper Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off 10 minutes before half-time. .
Ronaldo, whose United will travel to West Ham on Sunday with the aim of keeping the Premier League campaign unbeaten, wrote via social media: “It wasn’t the result we wanted, but now it’s time to recover well. and focus on the next game! “
– Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) September 14, 2021
The 36-year-old’s goal for United came 12 years and 132 days after his previous Champions League goal for the Premier League club, breaking the goal gap record of the same team in Javier Zanetti’s previous competition for the club. Inter (11a 315d, 1998-2010).
It was a tough night for United, who have only made two shots against Young Boys – the fewest Opta’s ever recorded in any of their 138 Champions League games since 2003-04. The second and last shot of the match came in the 25th minute with Ronaldo.
United lost their first match in a Champions League campaign for only the second time, again in 2015-16 under Louis van Gaal, a 2-1 defeat to PSV.
“It was a difficult game, a hard surface. Outside the house we found ourselves going down to 10 men, [but] we looked comfortable in the game, ”United captain Harry Maguire told MUTV, with the club also expected to meet Villarreal and Atalanta in the group.
“We conceded a scruffy goal which was really unfortunate. Even though we weren’t playing our best football and we weren’t the biggest threat on the other side of the pitch, we looked really solid, didn’t concede many chances and then obviously they walked away with the win.
“It’s the first match of the group, we have many games to make up for, so we have to do it.”