Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is to blame for Manchester United’s defeat in Switzerland – not Aaron Wan Bissaka.
When the Englishman was dismissed for what I will admit was a forceful challenge, the game was turned on its head but with a 1-0 lead, United should have had enough to see out a win over the home side.
Yet, every change – or lack thereof – from Ole strengthened the argument that he’s not good enough to manage a group of players as talented as this crop of United talent.
While I was very impressed with the tactics in place when Ole’s United took Leeds United apart on the opening day of the season, Marcelo Bielsa’s side played into his hands and clearly haven’t learnt their lessons from last season.
Against Young Boys, Man Utd got off to the perfect start with their Portuguese duo Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo linking up.
However, a red card for Wan-Bissaka which might seem harsh is technically the perfect response from the referee in line with new regulations from UEFA.
Yet, Ole needs to shoulder the blame for his negative reaction to the red card as Manchester United should not be losing to Young Boys even with 10 men in an away game.
His first mistake was to take Jadon Sancho, a goal threat, off for Diogo Dalot and settle into a negative formation which allowed David Wagner’s side to bombard United for the rest of the game.
This meant that Ronaldo was the only attacking player on the pitch with any real kind of pace but at 36, he’s not able to make endless sprints into the channels like he may have been able to do 8 years ago.
Sancho should have stayed on and van de Beek should have made way for Dalot which would have allowed for Ronaldo to have more attacking support.
The second mistake that Ole made was to take Ronaldo off for Jesse Lingard and not Mason Greenwood. The latter is a more natural attacker and would have given the Red Devils an out ball while Lingard offered Ole nothing more than a short pass and allowed Young Boys to squeeze United high up the pitch until the end of the game.
Ole might not have been able to predict the tragic outcome but Lingard’s hospital pass which Theoson Siebathceu converted in the 95th minute would not have been made had Greenwood been introduced instead as he would have been higher up the pitch and would have helped United get on the front foot in search of their own winner.