Peter Schmeichel SLAMT Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘strange’ tactics and team selection against Young Boys – wondering why Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted and Mason Greenwood was not used
- Peter Schmeichel criticized Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics in the Champions League
- Manchester United were beaten 2-1 away from home by Swiss side Young Boys
- Schmeichel doubted Solskjaer’s starting position who missed key players
- He also disagreed with exchanging Cristiano Ronaldo and omitting Mason Greenwood
Peter Schmeichel is the latest ex-Manchester United player to criticize manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘strange’ tactics in their 2-1 loss to Young Boys.
United suffered a humiliating opening to their Champions League campaign against the Swiss minnows, despite Cristiano Ronaldo giving them the lead.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card in the first half prompted Solskjaer to make several tactical and personnel changes, but the Red Devils were undone when a horror pass from Jesse Lingard enabled Young Boys attacker Jordan Siebatcheu to score a winner in the 95th minute.
Peter Schmeichel (left) has criticized Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (right) tactics against Young Boys
Jesse Lingard’s (center) terrible back pass enabled Young Boys to score an injury time winner
The United legend said not playing Mason Greenwood (right) at all was the wrong decision
Solskjaer has now lost seven of their eleven Champions League games as United head coach and Schmeichel was one of many observers who questioned the Norwegian’s thinking against Young Boys.
The former United goalkeeper suggested Solskjaer might have an eye on the club’s Premier League match against West Ham, which affected his selection as Raphael Varane failed to start the match.
“We can always doubt the team selection, I just think that when your next game is in West Ham on Sunday, your first game in the Champions League, why don’t you play your best team, your best players?” Schmeichel told CBS Sports.
Referring to Solskjaer’s complaints after the match over the synthetic turf pitch at the Young Boys stadium, Schmeichel said: ‘Regardless of the synthetic turf, whatever excuses you come up with, make sure you win.
Schmeichel questioned United boss’ decision not to start defender Raphael Varane (left)
Schmeichel said it was a ‘strange’ decision to replace Cristiano Ronaldo with Jesse Lingard
“If you look at Mason Greenwood, he’s on top form, he’s a young man, he creates opportunities and not only does he score, he creates opportunities for others.
“(Raphael) Varane just came to the club, but I would have loved to see those two play.”
Schmeichel was particularly outraged by Solskjaer’s decision to eliminate goalscorer Ronaldo, saying he could have been the difference maker in the draw.
The United legend also expressed his dismay at the replacement of the Portuguese forward by Jesse Lingard, who is not a striker and was out of favor with United not too long ago.
“We as fans want Ronaldo to be on the pitch, whether it’s ten men, if he gets the ball, he can make something happen,” said Schmeichel.
“They’ve been hoping for a player like that for a long time and he turns on someone he loaned out last year (Lingard). He’s a player he tried to sell, tried to loan out, and he’s replacing him with Ronaldo, I just think it’s strange.”
Schmeichel also disagreed with Solskjaer’s decision to bag Anthony Martial at the end
Solskjaer’s decision to bring on Anthony Martial when United were looking to close the game was another bull’s eye for Schmeichel.
“But to get a result at home it’s 1-1, he puts Martial on, we talked about that, that was really weird because Martial doesn’t defend well,” he said.
He doesn’t work hard, he is a goalscorer, but we only have ten men left, we don’t expect to create many chances, so why use Martial?’
Schmeichel echoed the concerns of fellow United legends Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes, who also felt that Solskjaer’s tactics and substitutions were once again lacking.