Cristiano Ronaldo lamented Manchester United’s late breakdown at Young Boys in the Champions League, but the superstar sees a quick reaction from the Red Devils in mind.
Ronaldo has scored three goals in two games since his return to United, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ten men still suffered a 2-1 defeat after Jordan Siebatcheu fell on Jesse Lingard’s misjudged back pass in the 95th minute.
After Ronaldo broke the record of his former Real Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas with his 177th Champions League game on Tuesday, Ronaldo scored the goal in the 13th minute of the Group F opener.
The goal made Young Boys the 36th opponent Ronaldo scored against in the Champions League, a record he now shares with Lionel Messi.
But United paid the price after full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off 10 minutes before the break – Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu’s goal in 66th.
Ronaldo, whose United is heading to West Ham on Sunday to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League, wrote on social media: “Wasn’t the result we wanted but now it’s time to take a good rest and concentrate on the next game! “
– Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) September 14, 2021
The 36-year-old’s shot on goal for United came 12 years and 132 days since his previous Champions League goal for the Premier League club, breaking the goal difference record for the same team in the competition that Javier Zanetti previously played for Inter had (11J 315d, 1998-2010).
It was a difficult night for United, who only scored two shots against Young Boys – the fewest Opta in any of their 138 Champions League games since 2003/04. Her second and final shot of the game came over Ronaldo in the 25th minute.
United lost their first game in a Champions League season for the second time, also in 2015/16 under Louis van Gaal, a 2-1 defeat against PSV.
“It was a tough game, a tough surface. Away from home we found ourselves down to 10 men [but] We felt comfortable in the game, ”United captain Harry Maguire told MUTV, who will also face Villarreal and Atalanta in the group.
“We conceded an unclean goal, which was really unfortunate. We didn’t play our best football and we weren’t the biggest threat at the other end of the pitch, but we looked really solid, didn’t take many chances and then of course we won.
“It’s the first game in the group, we have a lot of games ahead of us so we have to do it.”