Harry Maguire insists Manchester United have ‘plenty of time to come back’ from Young Boys’ shocking Champions League defeat, while captain Jesse Lingard ‘learns’ from his disastrous last-minute backpass
- Harry Maguire has supported Manchester United to recover from their setback
- The Red Devils lost their first Champions League game to Young Boys
- Jesse Lingard’s terrible backpass gave the hosts a last minute winning goal
- Maguire is confident that Lingard will learn from his mistake and bounce back
Harry Maguire is confident Manchester United will recover from their nightmarish Champions League start, but knows they must avoid the ill-discipline and mistakes that cost them in the defeat to Young Boys.
A nice-looking group started with the Red Devils’ easiest away game, but the stuttering side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came for a croquette in Switzerland on Tuesday evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring at the rocking Wankdorf Stadium, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card in the 35th minute put United behind.
Harry Maguire believes Manchester United will recover from disappointing defeat
United lost 2-1 to Young Boys after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card put them at ten
Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu rightly leveled the Young Boys in the second half before a careless Jesse Lingard backpass enabled substitute Jordan Siebatcheu to take a stunning 2-1 win in stoppage time.
“Of course discipline is an important part of tournament football,” United captain Maguire said.
“For example, if this was a knockout match and we’re going to assume the competition because we’re going down to 10 men, I’m sure everyone will kick themselves.
“It’s lucky that this is the first game of the group and that we have a lot of time to get back on top.
“As for Jesse, of course no footballer likes to make mistakes, but it’s part of the game.
Jesse Lingard’s disastrous backpass gave the hosts the winner with the final kick of the match
“We are people, every footballer makes mistakes, we will learn from them, he will learn from them.
“He’ll pick himself up and he’ll be ready to go on Sunday, because that’s part of football.”
Asked about sending Wan-Bissaka away for a brash challenge when he tried to atone for a heavy touch, Maguire added: “I can’t really comment. I haven’t seen it back.
“I’m pretty sure if you slow it down and you look at it a million times and see it in slow motion, I think with every tackle you could make a point that it was a red card.
“Any tackle that’s a foul, you could probably say someone went over the ball. I haven’t really seen it again, so I can’t really say anything about it.’
Maguire suggested that using slow-motion reps makes tackles look worse than they are
Ejecting Wan-Bissaka was the turning point in Bern, where former Huddersfield manager David Wagner’s squad smelled blood and attacked relentlessly.
United proposed Raphael Varane and moved to a deficit of five at half time in a bid to turn the tide, but Solskjaer’s side was eventually undone in the Group F opener.
“I think most of their chances came late in the first half when we were playing a back four and we couldn’t really get out and stop the crosses,” Maguire said of the game plan.
“We couldn’t defend the box well enough with the amount of bodies they threw forward into the box.
Raphael Varane was called in at halftime, but United’s substitutions didn’t help them much
“And then we came out in the second half and I felt like we looked controlled without the ball, without posing a huge threat on the counter-attack.
“Of course we could have done more with the ball, but without the ball I had the feeling that they didn’t really create great chances.
“The first goal is a shame, the deflections and ricochets. I don’t know who it will end up with.
“The last goal is a mistake, that happens in football, of course, but it’s a shame again.
“As for the form without the ball, I felt it was a lot better when we went to a back three slash back five. Of course we could have done a little more with the counterattacks.’