The Red Devils played for more than an hour without registering a single shot to put together a memorable afternoon for the club in Bern
Even with the good condition of Cristiano Ronaldo, Manchester United’s lack of firepower was severely exposed on Tuesday when they suffered a 2-1 shock by Young Boys.
It looks like a good Champions League afternoon for the Red Devils as their new signing drives them to just 13 minutes ahead.
But their Swiss hosts were barely upset after the rocky start and recovered after an unforgettable victory in the group stage start.
Far from the goal
Young Boys goalkeeper David von Ballmoos must have feared the worst after Ronaldo’s early strike, marking his return to the Champions League action with United in more than 12 years.
But the striker rather enjoyed a relatively quiet afternoon as United were frustrated in Bern.
The Ronaldo goal and a second goal 10 minutes later were the only shots of any kind that the visitors sustained in the entire match.
The Reds were forced to regroup after the red card of Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the first half, and finally Jadon Sancho, Ronaldo, Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes in their attempt to sacrifice striking power for stability behind, and they expensive while Nicolas Ngamaleu and Jordan Siebatcheu got a chance to turn the game on its head.
Never before in the Champions League has United scored so few shots in a match, and this has contributed to another memorable match for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
More European struggle
Solskjaer helped United finish second to Manchester City in the Premier League last season, but he often finds that continental competition is a tougher prospect.
Tuesday’s defeat to Young Boys was his seventh in 11 Champions League games at the helm of United, after losing three of their group stage matches last time to finishing third and being content with a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League.
The manager and the Reds are hoping for better progress in their next outing in the competition on September 29, when they welcome Villarreal – who lowered Solskjaer’s charges in the Europa League final last quarter – at Old Trafford.