John O’Shea is convinced that pundits shouldn’t jump to any hasty conclusions when assessing Manchester United’s opening Champions League defeat but hit the Young Boys’ artificial pitch in Bern.
The Red Devils campaign got off to a disastrous start after the Swiss side hit a winner in stoppage time following Jesse Lingard’s costly mistake, to win a famous three-point against the Premier League giants in ten.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored United’s opening goal with his third goal on his return to the club, but Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s expulsion in the 35th minute was a game-changer and Moumi Ngamaleu equalized before the game was overturned late .
Questions were once again asked about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactical sense after the loss, with many criticizing him for allowing the Swiss side to attack in numbers with his defensive substitutes – as well as his decision to withdraw Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes from the field in the second half with the game stuck at 1-1.
And O’Shea – who made 393 appearances for United, winning a Champions League crown and five Premier League titles – believes the artificial pitch hasn’t helped his former side’s cause, although he has admitted that Wan-Bissaka deserved his expulsion.
When asked if he thinks the full-back should have been given his marching orders, O’Shea told talkSPORT Breakfast: “Yes, unfortunately.
“He took that wrong touch and slowed down and when you see the replay I don’t think anyone has had to complain about that.
“He didn’t try to play the player but he exaggerated it and it looks really bad.
“It’s a red these days but the pitch too, I hated playing on those pitches,” added O’Shea, who is surprised the Young Boys’ AstroTurf pitch is even allowed in the elite European competition. .
“It’s not about Man United’s loss last night, but I don’t know how these pitches are allowed in the Champions League – that’s a different story.”
O’Shea also urged experts not to jump to conclusions about the outcome as he insisted United have plenty of time to turn things around.
Solskjaer said ahead of the game that his aim was to guide Manchester United to Champions League glory this quarter – which seems a laughable claim now after having managed just two shots on target against a team that had to go through the qualifying rounds to get the group organize.
“It’s not an ideal start as you want qualifying to go as early as possible as it could give you a chance to rest the players towards the end of the group,” added the Irishman.
” It’s difficult. In the end, they will be very disappointed with the result but there is plenty of time to get it back, that’s the right thing.
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