KEY POINTS

  • Jesse Lingard apologizes for his costly mistake in their Champions League match against Young Boys
  • Manchester United fans immediately consoled the midfielder for what happened
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended his decisions in the post-game press conference

Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard admitted that he felt “hurt” and “upset” over how things turned out with the Young Boys in their first fixture in the UEFA Champions League.

“Last night hurt. Every time I pull on the shirt, I hope people understand what it means to me,” tweeted Lingard.

"I always go out wanting to do the best for the club, the team, and the fans. I’m upset for my part in the defeat. Mistakes happen in football, but we pick ourselves up and go again.”

Manchester United had their foot on the gas from the start, leading to Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the opening goal at the 13th minute to silence the home crowd in Wankdorf Stadium.

Things would take a turn for the worst when Aaron Wan-Bissaka got sent off thanks to a terrible challenge on Christopher Martins Pereira at the 35th minute.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to switch up his tactics and play a five-man defense to compensate for the loss of Wan-Bissaka, a disastrous decision in the endgame.

The Young Boys would find their footing and break the Manchester United defense when Moumi Ngalameu slipped past Raphael Varane, scoring the equalizer at the 66th minute.

With about 24 minutes remaining until full time, the English Premier League side seemed content with getting the draw, only for Lingard’s back pass to go to Jordan Siebatcheu leading to the Young Boys’ winning goal in stoppage time.

Understandably, Manchester United fans were disappointed with the result as they, and many other pundits, believed that it was an extremely winnable game.

Solskjaer defended his tactics after the match, and team captain Harry Maguire also came to his manager's defense.

Many fans came to comfort the England international midfielder as they know how hard it must be for a player to cost his team the match on such a grand stage.

Their next Champions League fixture is against La Liga side Villareal at Old Trafford but before that, they will need to take care of things on the Premier League side.

Lingard will have a chance to redeem himself as Manchester United will face the club he was with for most of last season, West Ham United, away from home this Sunday, September 19.