Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Manchester United should have received a penalty in the 2-1 Champions League defeat to Young Boys, but attributed the defeat to lack of concentration.
United appeared to be headed for a routine win when Cristiano Ronaldo, who equaled former Real Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas’ record with his 177th Champions League appearance, put them ahead in the 13th minute.
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.
However, the game changed when Aaron Wan-Bissaka received a straight red card at halftime for his foul on Christopher Martins Pereira.
United saw another decision go against them when Ronaldo fell under the challenge of Mohamed Camara, with referee Francois Letexier dismissing his claims.
Young Boys showed their personal advantage soon after thanks to Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu’s goal in the 66th minute.
The Group F challenge looked set for a draw, but there was a final twist when a badly judged backpass from Jesse Lingard, who replaced Ronaldo in the 72nd minute, was thrown by Jordan Siebatcheu to seal a famous victory with the last kick of the match.
When asked about Ronaldo, Solskjaer said: “You can never be surprised by the man, he scored another goal, he should have taken a penalty and sent away to the other side.
“He pounced on that mistake. It’s exceptional but we have to take care of it and it seemed like the right time to take it off ”.
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On the penalty appeal he added: “He pushes him with his arm and is face to face with the goalkeeper but [the referee] he probably didn’t do it because he should have sent him off and sometimes that’s what happens with young referees. “
Solskjaer, however, accepted that United were the architect of their own downfall as they suffered another damaging away defeat in the Champions League similar to defeats to Istanbul Basaksehir and RB Leipzig last season.
“Lack of concentration, you make mistakes and get punished,” Solskjaer explained. “Are you done. We did it last year, we conceded two bad counter-attacks against Basaksehir and today we lost that game in the final seconds.
“Jesse wants to play it safe and misses the pass, he concedes the goal, it happens in football. If Jesse gets this chance again, he turns, rotates and throws the ball to the other side. Discipline is a huge part of the game. Aaron is normally a very, very smart tackler, one of the best in the world.
We know we have given ourselves a more difficult task, we did it last year when everyone thought we had finished after two games.
“You need 10 or 12 points, you win your home games, one away from home. We have lost the opportunity to get three points, but we have two home games coming up and we need to focus on those two. “