Solskjaer defends his tactics as Manchester United lose to Young Boys

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Manchester United were beaten by Young Boys in an away clash in Switzerland.

United started the game on a bright note as an early goal from Cristiano Ronaldo put Manchester United in front.

It would have been expected that United would go on to score more goals, but an Aaron Wan-Bissaka red card in the 35th minute changed the context of the game.

United would then struggle until the end of the game.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer changed tactics at half time as he switched to a back five. However, Solskjaer’s change didn’t leave a good impact as United couldn’t cope with the threat of the Swiss team all game and ended up losing 2-1, with Jesse Lingard’s 94th minute back pass causing havoc.

United managed two shots all game compared to Young Boys who had 19, and it was just a poor performance from the team.

Asked about the tactical switch at half-time, Solskjaer defended his tactics as he said: “We saw the signs towards the end of the first half that they were going to switch it, get crosses in, so we wanted wing-backs and I thought we coped with it well.

“Then we’re a bit lazy going out blocking the cross on the first goal and a bit unlucky because it gets deflected on Luke [Shaw]. And of course the last goal, that’s unfortunate. That’s just something that’ll happen.”

He continued: “It looked like being a well-earned point, and a good point, in a difficult game.

“When you get the first goal you hope and you think that you’re going to create enough chances to win the game but unfortunately that sending off will always have an impact on the game.”

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