TalkSPORT host Adrian Durham believes Manchester United got it ‘spectacularly wrong’ in the defeat to RB Leipzig that resulted in their exit from the Champions League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were deservedly beaten 3-2 in Leipzig on a night where a draw was enough to qualify for the knockout stages.
The Reds almost dramatically salvaged a point in the final moments after goals from Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba but were second best throughout and now plunge into the Europa League.
United’s five-at-the-back system played right into Leipzig’s hands with the double midfield pivot of Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic completely overwhelmed in an early onslaught that ultimately cost dearly.
Solskjaer justifiably takes criticism for a system that backfired within the opening 15 minutes of the game but key players also must take responsibility for individual errors.
Several United players underperformed and Durham has picked out Aaron Wan-Bissaka for his poor positioning for Leipzig’s first.
Wan-Bissaka crucially switched off to allow Man City loanee Angelino to finish at the back post.
Leipzig’s third goal midway through the second-half came from United’s defensive horror show.
Harry Maguire didn’t take control form a relatively innocuous-looking cross from the left-hand side and Durham has questioned David de Gea’s desire to put his body on the line for the Reds after seemingly shying away as Justin Kluivert poked home.
Listen to Durham discuss where it all went wrong below, via Talksport:
👀 “#MUFC’s goals were a dodgy penalty & a handball.”
❌ “They got it spectacularly wrong!”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 9, 2020