Manchester United was back in Champions League action on Tuesday evening.
The Red Devils would face a trip to Young Boys for arguably their easiest game of their 2021/22 Champions League group stage.
However, despite the Young Boys looking a weak side, they actually stole a huge 2-1 victory from Manchester United.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Manchester United the lead in the 13th minute of the match. However, the Red Devil struggled to add a second and mustered up just one more shot all game, which came in the 25th minute.
On the 36th minute, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was red-carded by the center referee this led to the Switzerland side Young Boys got back into the game despite the domination of play by Manchester United, they Young Boys got their winning goal on the 94th minute and bagged the three points of matchday one also saw Aaron Wan-Bissaka shown a straight red card after 36 minutes, which would eventually lead to Young Boys clawing their way back into the game and netting a 94th-minute winner thanks to a poor back-pass from Jesse Lingard.
REASON FOR SUBSTITUTING CRISTIANO RONALDO AND BRUNO FERNANDES
Moreover, following the game, a lot of the chatter has surrounded Manchester United’s Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decisions following the red card to Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
The team changed to a back-five for half the game and substituting Jadon Sancho after 36 minutes did seem odd. But then, the Red Devil’s Coach Solskjaer’s strangest decisions came in the form of subbing off Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo, especially when Paul Pogba remained on the pitch.
Both are clear match winners for United and could have provided that piece of magic late in the game if they had stayed on.
Moreso, Solskjaer has since explained why he subbed them off, citing the pair’s fitness and the desire to have Nemanja Matic’s experience and Jesse Lingard’s legs:
“The game had gone 70-odd minutes. They’ve both been running a lot Saturday and today.
“The astroturf takes its toll. We wanted Nemanja’s experience and Jesse’s legs.”
ROMELU LUKAKU IS CAPABLE OF CHANGING GAMES FOR CHELSEA
The Chelsea in-form striker Romelu Lukaku scored his fourth goal in four matches since rejoining the West London club for £98million this summer by heading home Cesar Azpilicueta’s cross in the 69th minute of the game to win 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel believes it is Romelu Lukaku’s clinical edge that makes him a ‘world-class’ striker and claims the club is ‘very happy to have him’ considering he has scored four of his six shots on target this season.
Speaking after Chelsea’s triumph in their first Champions League group game, he said: ‘The performance from Lukaku was not easy.
‘We didn’t create many chances for him but he’s the type of guy who doesn’t lose confidence and belief. And that is why he is a world-class striker.
‘He’s super important; it’s as easy as that. You don’t find many strikers of his quality.
‘We did win also without Romelu and produced results. But he was the type of profile we were missing, not just because of the talent but because of the personality.
‘He is such a humble guy, a super communicator in the dressing room, and that creates certain energy around him in the team that we are proud of and what to have.
‘The spirit and atmosphere last year took us very far and it’s important we have it again. We have it with Romelu, he knows what the club is about.
‘We have him and we are very pleased because he gives everybody around him confidence.’
However, Chelsea tactician Thomas Tuchel believes Lukaku is capable of changing the momentum of the game and spurring Chelsea on.
The Blues manager also says Lukaku’s presence on the pitch takes the pressure off some of his Chelsea teammates.
Thomas Tuchel also added: ‘There are not many goals in football and goals change the momentum of the match. It gives the whole team believes that one chance is enough for him to score.
‘So it’s not the only talent he brings, he brings belief and takes the pressure off the shoulders of other guys around him.
LUKAKU HAS SCORED FOUR GOALS IN FOUR GAMES FOUR CHELSEA
‘He has the personality not to lose confidence. He is at a very high level and we are very happy to have him with us.’
Having only returned to the club this summer, Lukaku has already proved he is worth the £98m Chelsea paid for him.
He has scored one goal against Arsenal, two goals against Aston Villa, and now one goal on the European stage.
Nevertheless, Chelsea did make a sluggish start against the Russian champions. – who mirrored Thomas Tuchel’s back-three, with their holding midfielder Wilmar Barrios deployed as one of three central defenders.
Chelsea’s opponents snapped into tackles and broke quickly on the turnover with Claudinho and Malcom at the heart of each counter-attack.
However, they were able to create very little and Chelsea assumed control in the midfield of the pitch as half-time approached.
Following the break, the Blues upped the tempo and created several chances – but it was Lukaku who found the back of the net.
Reflecting on the team’s performance, Tuchel said: ‘I am happy in general with the performance.
‘It was a tough match against a strong opponent. It was tough for us in the first half to find little gaps, accelerate the game, be dangerous and create touches in the box ball.
‘We did all that and in the second half, we found it easier to find spaces in between the lines, to accelerate, create half-chances, deliveries. And the cross from Azpi was good and dangerous because it comes from a difficult place to defend around the box.
‘The target was the second post and Kai (Havertz) and Romelu were there. It was nice and at the same time a decisive goal that was very good for us.’