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Solskjaer defends tactics in Young Boys defeat

Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended the formation change halfway through his team’s Champions League defeat by Young Boys, as well as his decision to eliminate both Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes with the game on the balance sheet.

United took an early lead in Switzerland when Ronaldo scored his third goal in only his second game since returning to the club. But the Young Boys put pressure on after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off and scored two goals in the second half, including a stoppage-time winner.

“They saw signs towards the end of the first half that they were going to change it and cross with the full-back,” Solskjaer said of of his move to a back three at halftime.

“I thought we did very well. We were a little lazy to go out and block the cross to the first goal, a bit of bad luck because it is deflected by Luke and then the last goal, that’s just a shame.

After the Young Boys equalized, Solskjaer seemed keen to settle for a draw as he replaced Ronaldo and Fernandes with Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic respectively.

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