Manchester United conceded a dramatic stoppage-time goal as they lost to Young Boys despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring on his Champions League return for the Red Devils.
Ronaldo, who became the joint all-time Champions League appearance holder on his 177th appearance in the competition, fired United ahead after an exquisite pass from fellow Portuguese Bruno Fernandes.
United played for almost an hour with 10 men after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dangerous challenge on Christopher Martins earned the defender a straight red card.
They looked set to hang on for a point in an entertaining match after Cameroon winger Moumi Ngamaleu’s equaliser.
But a 95th-minute mistake by substitute Jesse Lingard – who had replaced Ronaldo with 18 minutes left – allowed Jordan Siebatcheu to score the winner.
The home fans celebrated wildly while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to reflect on a performance which saw United muster just two shots, the fewest Opta have on record in any of their 138 Champions League matches since 2003-04.
Having missed out on qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition last season, United now host Villarreal in their next Group F game on 29 September in a repeat of last season’s Europa League final.
Red card & late error cost United
Having spent £120m on three major signings in the summer, United will have hoped to have come away with more than a hard luck tale against the Swiss champions.
But Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal – and Lingard’s late error – left them reflecting on a seventh defeat in 11 Champions League matches under Solskjaer.
Up until Wan-Bissaka’s first red card since 2018, United were in reasonable control and leading after a lovely goal made in Portugal.
Having scored twice on his second debut for United against Newcastle last Saturday, Ronaldo has three goals in two appearances since re-signing from Juventus.
More importantly, the all-time Champions League top scorer now has 135 goals in the competition.
Young Boys keeper David von Ballmoos will feel he should have kept it out, but the pass by Fernandes with the outside of his right foot was simply divine.
Wan-Bissaka’s red card prompted Solskjaer to reshuffle his side with expensive summer recruit Jadon Sancho replaced by Diogo Dalot.
Having defended their lead up until half-time, Solskjaer then replaced Donny van de Beek, who was making his first start of the season, with Raphael Varane and switched to five at the back in an attempt to shore up the defence.
It did not work as the home side, full of energy and spurred on by a raucous crowd, eventually made their pressure tell.
After Ngamaleu’s equaliser, De Gea was forced to tip Sandro Lauper’s 30-yard attempt over the bar before Lingard’s attempted pass back fell well short allowing Siebatcheu to earn Young Boys a famous win.
- ‘I did nothing wrong’ – Asiedu Nketia justifies his presence in Parliament
- Join NDC’s presidential race if you are interested in being number 1 – John Boadu to Alban Bagbin
- 2022 Budget rejection: We did not take uncompromising positions – Ato Forson
- Playback: Newsfile discusses 2022 budget and energy sector debt
- ‘Killer budget isn’t coming back; we’re burying it for good’ – Ablakwa
- 2022 Budget: What was wrong with Finance Minister requesting for further engagement? – Majority Leader quizzes
- Dela Sedode: Christ Me! Bagbin
- You do engagements prior to approval of the budget, not during its approval – Ato Forson
- Over 300 suspected criminals arrested in military operation in northern Ghana
- NDC postpones town-hall meeting on 2022 budget
Buses carrying 202 foreigners intercepted at Aflao
ECG illuminates Kpovi Police barrier to enhance security
‘Organise a physical graduation for us or refund our levies’ – Franco 2019 batch
Ghana faces acute challenge of creating more, better jobs – World Bank
SOS-GrEEn sensitizes residents of New Edubiase on violence against women
Ghana Beach Soccer has potential to be a huge success in future – FIFA Instructor Angelo Schirinzi
Kinaata hopes successes of Hasaacas Ladies will inspire Sekondi Hasaacas
Okyeame Kwame and Adansi Travels launch family fun tour on GTA’s Accra City Tour bus to promote Ghana
Ghana’s energy sector debt likely to hit ₵7 billion by close of 2021 – Energy expert
Three percent withholding tax on unprocessed gold slashed to 1.5 percent-Abu Jinapor
Government must be lauded for exemplary leadership – Atta-Akyea
Haul John Boadu before Parliament if you find his comments contemptuous – Nyarko Osei tells Kwame Agbodza
Government approves ¢43m to Ghana Veterinary Medical Association
Agri-impact wins big at the at the Ghana Agribusiness Excellence & Leadership Awards
RUGBY 7S WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS: GHANA BOOKS SEMI FINAL PLACE