Cristiano Ronaldo goal not enough to claim first Champions League victory with Manchester


Cristiano Ronaldo scored, but despite his third goal in two appearances since his return to Manchester United, they suffered an opening-day Champions League defeat.

United only have themselves to blame as first Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off, then Jesse Lingard’s backpass gifted Young Boys of Berne an injury-time winner.

Ronaldo’s 13th-minute goal followed a superb pass from Bruno Fernandes with the outside of his boot, Ronaldo opening his body to steer the cross first time through David von Ballmoos’ legs.

It was the perfect start to his 177th Champions League appearance, matching the record set by former Real Madrid teammate Iker Casillas.

United looked comfortable until Wan-Bissaka was shown a red card for lunging into Christopher Martins in the 35th minute.

Young Boys exerted increasing pressure and levelled in the 66th minute when Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu turned a right-wing cross past David De Gea. Despite being penned back, United appeared to have held on for a point only for Jordan Siebatcheu to run onto Lingard’s wayward pass and score with the last kick of the match.

“That’s football, people make mistakes,” United captain Harry Maguire said.

“We’re not blaming Jesse. I’m sure everyone on that pitch today has made a mistake. I’m sure Jesse will pick himself up.

“It’s the first game in the group. We’ve got many games to bounce back and we must do. We’ll try and pick up three points in our next game and build momentum from there.”

It’s been a decade since United was a force to be reckoned with in the Champions League, but Young Boys coach David Wagner said the victory was a great achievement for his men.

“For a club of our size to make the headlines for one or two days in Europe and to beat Man United, one of the giants of European football, it’s really special,” said Wagner.


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