Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Manchester United again but they were beaten 2-1 late by a Young Boys battling the Champions League opener after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card.
Despite playing with 10 men for 55 minutes, it looked like a rather solid defensive display would see United come away with a point. But a late error from Jesse Lingard allowed Jordan Siebatcheu (90 + 5) to register the winner with the last kick of the match.
Man Utd had been a big favorite ahead of the game and got off to a perfect start as Ronaldo – who went to tie with Iker Casillas in all-time Champions League appearances (177) – crossed David Von’s legs Ballmoos in 13 minutes.
But the color of the game changed in the 35th minute as Wan-Bissaka was given a straight red for a heavy and awkward challenge on Christopher Martins.
Sensing an opportunity and supported by a passionate home crowd, the Young Boys squeezed and probed the leveler and made the breakthrough midway through the second half. Moumi Ngamaleu (66) pushed the ball in front of David de Gea, before Siebatcheu scored a second late due to continued pressure from the hosts.
It was a nightmare start for Man Utd in Group F, who will host Villarreal – who beat them in the Europa League final three months ago – at Old Trafford in two weeks, in desperate need of three points.
Man Utd are back in action on Super Sunday when they travel to West Ham, live Air sports; kick off at 2 p.m. Their next Champions League game will be at home in Villarreal on Wednesday 29 September.