Scholes gives damning verdict on Solskjaer’s substitutions after Young Boys defeat

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “missed a trick” tonight.

Our Champions League campaign got off to a nightmare start at Jordan Siebatcheu’s stoppage-time winner earned Young Boys a famous victory after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card saw the Red Devils reduced to 10-men.

After failing to qualify for the knockout stages in the Champions League last season, I can understand some of the reaction to tonight’s game, but not all..

Last season we had that terrible result in Turkey and fell into the Europa League.

Following the loss, Rio Ferdinand told BT Sport (as per Manchester Evening News): “It’s Basaksheir all over again. We were here last season and rueing mistakes.

“That’s a big mistake at the end of the game from Jesse who done really well at the weekend. Just goes to show wherever you go in Europe it’s tough.

“You have to be on your game. You have to be mentally tuned in. Yeah, they started well and a decision in the game can change it. It was a bad touch, a bad tackle then the game turned on its head totally.”

Paul Scholes was also present in the studio and he questioned the changes made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer throughout the match.

The former United midfielder said: “It’s not a complete disaster. Not ideal obviously you’d like to go away and win.

“Jesse will be disappointed, it all stands from the sending off in the first half. United were quite comfortable up until that point.

“I do think United probably missed a trick, they couldn’t get out their half they were so deep.

“I think he should’ve brought more pace on earlier in Martial or Greenwood, they didn’t do that and they’ve paid the ultimate price.”

The decision to take off Cristiano Ronaldo was a strange one because it left us with nobody up front, at a time we weren’t winning the game, and the manager backtracked later by bringing on Anthony Martial.

Ultimately, a night to forget for the Reds.

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  1. OGS should have brought on Matic and Greenwood when we were 1-0 up, not AFTER they score a goal. What was he thinking?
    Once they leveled they were always going to get stronger. Looks like OGS changed his mind re-actively. Twice, and too late.
    Also, why Donny for Varane? He would have offered more defensive running than Pogba. Or if he’s going to leave Pogba on, why not put him up front to hold the ball up and take Ronaldo off earlier?

  2. We are down to ten men, why would you bring on the most lethargic player in the squad, it’s like going down to nine men. A more adventurous move would have seen the introduction of Elanga his raw pace and eye for goal would at least have have given us a chance.

  3. Awful naive tactics by Solskjaer. Terrible starting 11 playing Van Beek who can’t get a look in in the PL but is deemed ok to play in the CL.
    A great result at the weekend and then Ole changed the team, no need for rotation at this time of the season, get your best team settled, this could have and should have been an almost relaxing comfortable away win, instead it has shown Solskjaer up for his ineptitude, even before the sending off Young Boys were attacking more than us, those substitutes were unbelievable and if we fail to qualify this year after the money spent then by god he needs to go.

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