Solskjaer explains subbing off Ronaldo and Bruno after Man Utd loss

Tue 14 September 2021 | 21:35

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explained why he decided to take Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo out during their 2-1 defeat against Young Boys.

Manchester United

were reduced to ten men before half-time when

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

was sent off for a bad challenge.


then took off

Burno Fernandes


Cristiano Ronaldo

with 20 minutes left and replace them with

Nemanja Matic


Jesse Lingard


Jordan Pefok

scored the winner for

Young Boys

in the game's final moments after Lingard made a costly mistake, forcing Solskjaer to explain the decision to take off the two stars.

"The game had gone 70-odd minutes,"

Solskjaer said.

"They've both been running a lot Saturday and today.

"The astroturf takes its toll. We wanted Nemanja's experience and Jesse's legs."



backed Lingard and said no one is blaming the midfielder as he called on Man Utd to be more disciplined in other games.

"Of course, discipline is a huge part of tournament football,"

he said.

"If this was a knockout game and we go out of the competition because we go down to 10 men, everyone would be kicking ourselves.

"We're fortunate it is the first game of the group and have loads of time to bounce back from it. Discipline is a huge part of football.

"With Jesse, no footballer likes making mistakes but it's obviously part and parcel of the game. We're humans, every footballer makes mistakes, we'll learn from it, he'll learn from it.

"He'll pick himself up and be ready to go on Sunday, that's part and parcel of football. But of course, discipline is a big part."

source: SportMob