Manchester United’s surprise loss to Young Boys was an energy draining loss for the Red Devils side.

The team were on a veritable high and this 2-1 defeat punctures the balloon of positivity the club had inflated since Cristiano Ronaldo’s return.

The defeat brought back terrible memories. The low point of the Champions League season last season was not narrow defeats against PSG and RB Leipzig, who had reached the round of 16 in the 2019/20 Champions League.

Instead, it was the 1: 2 defeat against Turkish followers Istanbul Basaksehir, who finished 12th in the Super Lig last season with just 12 wins from 40 games. This defeat made the later losses against PSG and Leipzig expensive.

(Photo by Matthew Peters / Manchester United via Getty Images)

Solskjaer promise goes up in flames in Switzerland

Solskjaer had this match fresh in his head, which led to this match and still lamented the loss.

Speaking to the club’s website this week, Solskjaer said: “We started brilliantly last time and then it changed against Basaksehir, that was the game we shouldn’t have lost.”

In an interview with Beyond The Pitch over the weekend, Solskjaer swore, “This Basaksehir game, we’re going to make sure that doesn’t happen this season.”

This promise is now obsolete. This away defeat at Young Boys marks the second year United have lost to the fourth seed in the group.

With tougher games ahead, that loss could be detrimental to qualifying.

While Solskjaer cannot explain an atypical red card for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and a poor back pass from Jesse Lingard, his own substitutions left a lot to be desired and felt similar to the PSG home game last season.

Ronaldo wanted the positivity to continue

Cristiano Ronaldo’s return has been great for Manchester United and we’ve seen a positive wave over the past fortnight.

His return to Old Trafford over the weekend was one of the most memorable days at the stadium in years and the fans in attendance will never forget him.

Ronaldo sent a message before the Champions League game, thanking the fans for their support and saying that he wanted to keep the excitement for the club going as long as possible.

That defeat wasn’t due to Ronaldo, he scored from one of his only two shots on goal and he was one of only two players who had a try.

But Ronaldo’s hopes that the “good vibes” will continue are probably out of the window now until United can correct that Champions League result with a win against Villarreal in their next game.

What will be the effect of defeat?

United has to answer that question. With a winner like Cristiano Ronaldo in the squad, he’ll demand an immediate response.

United face West Ham in a tricky away game at the weekend, supported by a suspension from top scorer Mikhail Antonio.

This is followed by a Carabao Cup game against West Ham at Old Trafford, followed by a Premier League game at home against Aston Villa.

(Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP via Getty Images)

Three wins will put United one step back and the Carabao Cup game is an important one. United won’t want an early exit so be careful with the rotation.

Then comes the Champions League game with Villarreal. United hoped to get into the duel after a win but are instead under more pressure than we would have hoped.

A draw won’t do much good when you play against Atalanta against each other. United made Old Trafford a fortress in the Premier League opening games and must continue to do so in cup competitions as well, but both West Ham and Villarreal will be stubborn opponents who will try to frustrate Solskjaer’s side.

Do you have something to say about this article?

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here