Cristiano Ronaldo attacks his host with a superb shot before Manchester United’s Champions League defeat against Young Boys | football news
Cristiano Ronaldo hit a host with a volley before Manchester United’s Champions League defeat to Swiss Young Boys on Tuesday night.
The misguided blow from the 36-year-old came as United’s players warmed up ahead of their opening group stage match in Bern.
The ball hit a stewardess on the sidelines and the collision caused her to fall to the ground, and Ronaldo was among those who checked her to make sure she was okay.
It ended up being a happier ending to the night for the host than Ronaldo – the footballer’s famous number seven shirt was awarded, while United lost 2-1.
United lost despite Ronaldo scoring the opening goal after just 13 minutes.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off in the first half, and the Young Boys scored a late winner to take the three points.
The match saw Ronaldo go up to level with former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas in the most-visited Champions League game in history, with 177 appearances in the European major tournament, almost two weeks after he had the highest number of men’s international goals.
Solskjaer’s tactical decisions under scrutiny
Manchester United brought a legend home, signed one of the game’s greatest defenders, and added one of the brightest prospects in European football. But at the highest level, matches can still be lost off the bench and that was one of them.
It was Jesse Lingard’s reckless back pass that allowed the Young Boys to complete a dramatic 2-1 win in their Champions League opener. It was Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s rush that saw his side fall back to 10 men, turning the evening’s course.
But it was Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer whose tactical decisions ensured the Swiss team deserved the points.