Young Boys 2-1 Man Utd: Jesse Lingard error and red card prove costly – 6 talking points

Cristiano Ronaldo it three goals from two games since re-joining the Old Trafford side as he opened the scoring with an instinctive finish, but the Swiss side secured an unlikely comeback

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Cristiano Ronaldo continued his brilliant start to life in Manchester, but Young Boys made sure to spoil his Champions homecoming for United.

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The 36-year-old made it three goals from two games since re-joining the Old Trafford side as he opened the scoring with an instinctive finish, but the Swiss side secured a comeback after Aaron-Wan Bissaka was sent off as it finished 2-1.

It was a perfect start for United after Ronaldo put the visitors in front, but the right-back's lunge meant they had to defend their lead from that point on.

Young Boys eventually got on level terms in the second half and then seal all three points after an error from Jesse Lingard.

Here are the talking points from tonight's Champions League clash.

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Ronaldo debut

Everything Cristiano Ronaldo touches turns to gold as he continued his hot start in a Man Utd shirt against Young Boys.

He followed his brace on his second debut for the club at the weekend against Newcastle with another goal tonight.

And he showed first-class anticipation and movement, like with his two Magpies strikes, to put United in front.

Bruno Fernandes played an exquisite ball with the outside of his right boot to find his compatriot as Ronaldo squeezed his effort under the keeper to make it 16 consecutive seasons he has scored in the Champions League.

The 36-year-old is already making a huge difference for the Red Devils and any criticism of his signing is now looking extremely silly.

Wan-Bissaka blunder

United were in a great position after their early goal, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka's high challenge changed all that.

The right-back was correctly shown a red card for the tackle as he caught the player on the ankle and all of sudden, the game had a different outlook.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced into changing his set-up as Diogo Dalot replaced Jadon Sancho.

Young Boys took the initiative from that point on as they would complete the comeback. A huge turning point.

Sancho sacrifice

It was Sancho who was the unlucky player that had to be taken off to accommodate Wan-Bissaka's sending off.

And it won't have done his confidence any good after a difficult start to his United career.

He started on the right-hand side to start tonight's match, but the change didn't really work as he was wasteful in the final third. He was having a poor game up until the red card so it made sense he was the one who was hooked.

Martin Keown was on commentary on the game for BT Sport and reckons the decision could hurt his confidence.

He said: "Sancho's confidence won't be any better after being dragged off in that manner."

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Van de Beek woes

Donny van de Beek had a chance to revive his United career as he was handed a surprise start.

But, likewise to Sancho, it was a poor display from the midfielder as he was taken off at half-time.

It was partially a tactical decision to bring on Raphael Varane as the Red Devils looked to defend their lead, but he struggled to get into the game in the first period.

Van de Beek's confidence is at an all-time low at the moment and it will have taken another hit after his early substitution.

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Varane mistake

It was backs against the walls for Solskjaer's men in the second half and eventually, they gave way to Young Boys' pressure as Ngamaleu scored an equaliser.

And there were definitely some question marks over Varane and Harry Maguire for the leveller.

The cross that led to the goal was deflected, but Maguire had a chance to clear. He took a swipe at it, but couldn't make contact as Ngamaleu ran off Varane to beat him to the ball with a clever toe-poke that went past David de Gea.

if the Frenchman was closer to the near post, he arguably could have got to the ball before the striker and cleared the danger.

Lingard error

Jesse Lingard made a massive error as his slack back pass cost United dearly.

He played in Theoson Siebatcheu who secured the win with a cool finish past David de Gea in stoppage time.

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