After last season’s disappointing away defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League group stage, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is taking no risks as he prepares his team for his side’s first game in the tournament of the season.
The Norwegian boss guided United to a comfortable 4-1 win over Newcastle over the weekend, although most of the focus will have been on Cristiano Ronaldo’s second coming.
The Portugal international leads the line in a strong team for United, with Donny van de Beek also earning a first start of the season. Raphael Varane has been handed a rest whilst Fred returns to the side after sitting out the game against Newcastle.
It was a promising start for the Red Devils in Switzerland but after going in front, a far more challenging proposition would present itself.
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Aaron Wan-Bissaka kept his place in Solskjaer’s team but will want to forget about the evening as soon as possible. Ronaldo gave United the lead within the first 15 minutes of the game but as half-time approached, Wan-Bissaka was correctly given his marching orders for a poor tackle, as seen above.
The young defender’s poor touch resulted in the engagement and the artificial pitch will have done him no favours as he was swiftly ejected.
Jadon Sancho, who had been a bright spark at times for United, made way for Diogo Dalot as Solskjaer attempted to salvage the situation.