Wankdorf Stadium — Manchester United’s new look Cristiano Ronaldo has a great deal of excitement on the front and the depth of options available to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the envy of coaches across Europe.
Whenever the Norwegians were asked about how they plan to harness his talents in the last few weeks, he struggled to keep his radiant smile in check.
But things aren’t hard for Ronaldo poachers to score goals with either Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard, or Anthony Martial. Looks the same It was always the case.
Ronaldo did a little bit, but on Tuesday night he gave the Young Boys a 2-1 victory, famous for the Swiss capital, and wiped out Solskjar’s smile. He and many fans thought they were chasing summer spending.
On paper, it looked like an ominous start to another Champions League campaign for United in Bern’s comfortable environment.
United fans, who had difficulty getting to the Swiss capital during these Covid eras, stopped sampling local nipples in the mid-September sun and visited a surprisingly unexplained bare pit. rice field. Next to the river. It’s not part of a large zoo, only two bears are free to see by passers-by.
United players were pacing for a fierce pre-match warm-up, as if they were ready to be thrown into the pits. The four behind were pulled to one side to work with the drills separately. Aaron Wan Bisaka certainly had no excuses for neglecting preparations.
Ronaldo’s name was loudly booed by a noisy crowd. The Tifo game was suitable for welcoming United into a cauldron-like atmosphere. The home team got off to a good start with a clever artificial pitch.
Ronaldo’s second consecutive start, comparable to former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas’ 177, and comparable to the Champions League’s best ever appearance record, opened four times in the first 12 minutes. I couldn’t get a kick on stage. He only needs one chance, and with this team full of chance creators, he’s always trying to get the chance.
The 13-minute cross from Bruno Fernandes was ridiculous. On the outside of the boots, he chose Ronaldo’s perfectly timed run and the relationship began. This is useful if you have someone like Ronaldo whose feet somehow attract moth-like football to the flames.
One Bisaka has the opposite problem. With his teammates in cruise control, he mysteriously mishandled a regular pass and then rushed into a studs-up challenge to win a straight red card, a much more comfortable task for United. I made it difficult.
After that, Christian Fassnacht was leveled almost immediately, which really caused problems for United, but dragged a lot of effort.
When the half-time whistle rang, United’s bench was looking closely and preparing for Raphaël Varane. An experienced head was needed to see the results. Donny van de Beek of the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker had a chance to shine, so an unhappy man gave way.
It returned to the United wall and the home crowd felt blood. It was only a matter of time before mistakes sneaked up and the home team leveled. The only surprise was that it was Varane who was struck by the cross by Nicholas Mumi Gamaleu, who plunged into the house. The turmoil continued.
Later, as Solskger changed formations again, Ronaldo was replaced and United seemed to have done enough to score battle points.
But another unforgivable mistake, a disastrous backpass from Lingard, gave Jordan Siebacheu a chance to take the famous victory on the fourth side of Switzerland’s top flight.
Solskjaer will not forget this punitive experience for some time. Since Ronaldo passed through the door, all the talk continues about when and how many titles United can aim for.
With that defense in Bern, the chances of the trophy cabinet being refreshed are back a step or two.