Solskjaer explains decision to bring off Ronaldo and Fernandes in defeat to Young Boys

Manchester United have left themselves with work to do after suffering their first defeat of the season in their Champions League game against Young Boys. The Swiss side stole all three points at the death after dominating 10-man United.

Cristiano Ronaldo had given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side the lead after just 13 minutes but when Aaron Wan-Bissaka saw red for a dangerous tackle later in the first half, the hosts took control of the game.

United weathered the early storm early in the moments after Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal but after failing to register a shot on target after the interval, the Reds ran out losers in their brief visit of Switzerland.

Solskjaer made four substitutions in the second half, with Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes among those to leave the pitch as the Norwegian boss tried to take control of the game.

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The manager has now explained the decision, arguing that minutes need to be managed after an intense game against Newcastle last week.

“The game has hone 70-odd minutes, they’ve been running a lot, both Saturday and today. Astroturf, of course, takes its toll as well,” he told reporters after the game, as seen above.

“We wanted Nemanja’s experience, keep hold of the ball, and Jesse’s legs.”

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