Young Boys Vs Manchester United | UEFA Champions League
An arduous task resulted in a fruitful performance as Young Boys found a late winner in stoppage time to defeat Manchester United 2-1 in their first game of the 21/22 Champions League on Tuesday. United went as favourites for the title but a red card to Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the first half followed a shambolic display of football eventually caught up with the visitors in injury time.
Both teams began the game cautiously, though United retained the bulk of possession, however, failing to create chances in the box. Following a couple of penetrations into the box, the visitors eventually found the opening goal in the 14th minute after a brilliant cross by Bruno Fernandes. from the inner-right flank, using the outside of his foot, penetrated a small gap between three defenders to find itself at the feet of Cristiano Ronaldo, who slotted in his third goal in two starts for the club this season. The hosts tried their best to find an equalizer, while United struggled to capitalize on their lead. Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s 35th minute red card booking opened the door for Young Boys as the visitors reverted to an ultra-defensive in the second half.
Despite adopting a back-five setup, the Red Devils struggled to hold possession and soaked pressure by Young Boys. The hosts’ relentless pursuit for an equaliser eventually came to pass as Moumi Ngamaleu stepped ahead of Raphael Varane to tap it into the net following a cross from the right flank. Young Boys continued mounting pressure on the opposition’s backline as United remained wasteful in possession and struggled to progress the ball up the pitch. Though the game seemed likely to end in a draw, a distasteful back-pass ended at the feet of Theoson Siebatcheu as he booted a late winner in the 95th minute for the hosts.
United host Villarreal in their next Champions League fixture while Young Boys travel to Italy facing Atalanta in their next group game.