Manchester United were made to work in their first Champions League game of the season as a resilient Young Boys side stole all three points in Switzerland.
It looked like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side were off to a flying start in the campaign when Cristiano Ronaldo scored the opening goal but it would quickly change to a nightmare start to the group stage.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was given his marching orders after roughly 30 minutes, owing to a mistimed tackle that was deemed to be dangerous enough for a red card.
The home side equalised in the second half before they were gifted a winner after a poor backpass. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has reacted to the shock defeat, describing the afternoon as ‘tough’.
“We put ourselves in a strong position, it was a tough game, a tough surface, away from home we found ourselves down to 10 men, we looked comfortable in the game, we conceded a scruffy goal, it was really unlucky,” the skipper told MUTV, via the Manchester Evening News.
“We weren’t playing our greatest football, we weren’t the biggest threat at the other end of the pitch, we looked really solid, we didn’t concede too many chances and then the big sucked punch at the end.
“It’s the first game in the group, we’ve got many games to bounce back and we must do.”
Last season, two wins in two against Paris Saint-Germain had supporters believing qualification was already sealed. Not many will need reminding how that went and Maguire will be hoping for the opposite effect this year.
Manchester United have two home games against Villarreal and Atalanta up next, leaving them with the perfect chance to recover from the poor start.