Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Manchester United must have been granted a penalty in their 2-1 Champions League loss to Young Boys, however blamed the defeat on a lack of concentration.
United seemed heading for a regular success when Cristiano Ronaldo, who matched 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 side Ronaldo has actually scored against in the Champions League, a record he now shows Lionel Messi.
However, the game turned when Aaron Wan-Bissaka got a straight red card late in the very first half for his foul on Christopher Martins Pereira.
United saw another decision break them when Ronaldo decreased under the difficulty of Mohamed Camara, with referee Francois Letexier waving away his claims.
Young Boys made their personnel benefit count soon after through Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu’s 66th-minute strike.
The Group F clash looked set for a draw, yet there was a final twist as a misjudged backpass from Jesse Lingard, who replaced Ronaldo in the 72nd minute, was pounced on by Jordan Siebatcheu to seal a well-known win with the last kick of the game.
Asked about Ronaldo, Solskjaer said: “You can never be shocked by the man, he scored another goal, he must have had a penalty and sending the other way.
“He caught that mistake. He’s remarkable but we have to look after him and it seemed like the ideal minute to take him off.”
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On the penalty appeal, he included: “He pushes him with his arm and he’s one-on-one with the keeper however [the referee] probably didn’t do it as he ‘d have had to send him off and that’s sometimes what you get with young refs.”
Solskjaer, though, accepted United were the architects of their own downfall as they suffered another harmful away Champions League defeat similar to losses to Istanbul Basaksehir and RB Leipzig last season.
“Lack of concentration, make mistakes and you get penalized,” Solskjaer explained. “You get done. We did that last year, we yielded two careless counter-attacks against Basaksehir and lost that game in the last seconds today.
“Jesse wants to play it safe and loses the pass, yields the goal, that occurs in football. If Jesse gets that chance once again he turns, swivels and boots the ball the other way. Discipline is a huge part of the game. Aaron’s typically an extremely, extremely astute tackler, one of the very best in the world.
“We know we’ve given ourselves a more difficult task, we did last year when everybody thought we were through after two video games.
“You require 10 or 12 points, win your house games, one away from home. We’ve lost the opportunity to get three points but we’ve got 2 house games next and got to focus on those two.”