Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended changing development halfway through his team’s Champions League defeat to Young Boys, in addition to his choice to remove both Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes with the game in the balance. United went on early in Switzerland when Ronaldo scored his 3rd goal in only his second game given that his return to the club. However Young Boys piled on the pressure after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off and scored twice in the 2nd half, consisting of a blockage time winner.
“You saw the signs towards completion of the first half that they were going switch it and get crosses in with the wing-back,”Solskjaer said of his switch to a back three at half-time, through ManUtd.com.”I thought we coped actually well. We were a bit lazy heading out and blocking the
cross for the very first goal, a bit unfortunate because it then gets deflected off Luke, and then the last goal, that’s simply unfortunate.” Once Young Boys had equalised, Solskjaer seemed keen on settling for a draw when he replaced Ronaldo and Fernandes with Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic respectively.
“The game had actually gone 70-odd minutes, [Ronaldo and Fernandes] had actually been running a lot, both on Saturday and today. The astroturf takes its toll also and we desired Nemanja’s experience to keep hold of the ball and Jesse’s legs,” the United boss is estimated as saying by Sky Sports.
“Ronaldo is remarkable … however we have to take care of him also and it felt like the ideal moment to take him off.”