Solskjaer explains why he had to take off goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United were beaten by Young Boys in an away clash in Switzerland as United failed to register a win in the first group game of the season.

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

Cristiano Ronaldo’s 13th minute goal didn’t seem to be enough as a red card to Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the 35th minute ruined the game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Following the red card, Solskjaer decided to take off Donny van de Beek at half time and brought in Raphael Varane.

In the 72nd minute, Solskjaer opted to take off Portuguese duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes and brought in Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic.

Solskjaer’s changes didn’t have the desired effect as Jesse Lingard’s poor back pass cost the team a defeat in the final minute of the game.

Explaining the reason for his substitution, Solskjaer said: “The game had gone 70-odd minutes, they had been running a lot both Saturday and today, the astro-turf takes it toll as well, and we wanted Nemanja’s experience to keep hold of the ball and Jesse’s legs.”

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