Solskjaer: Lingard still has a big part to play
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Manchester United star Jesse Lingard has apologised to fans after his mistake against FC Young Boys on Tuesday night. The Red Devils went into their Champions League game expected to take all three points. But that didn’t happen, with the club losing 2-1 on the night.
Manchester United went into the match on Tuesday on a high after beating Newcastle 4-0 on Saturday, with Lingard netting in that victory.
However, they were brought crashing back down to earth by losing 2-1 against Young Boys in Switzerland.
Cristiano Ronaldo put United ahead early on, with the veteran notching after a sublime pass from compatriot Bruno Fernandes.
But Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card changed the game and, in the end, United buckled under the pressure as they slumped to defeat.
In the closing stages, Lingard misplaced a pass that allowed the hosts to score a dramatic late winner.
And he’s now taken to social media to apologise for his mistake, while also vowing to learn from the experience.
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“Last night hurt,” he said on Twitter.
“Everytime I pull on the shirt, I hope people understand what it means to me.
“I always go out wanting to do the best for the club, the team and the fans. I’m upset for my part in the defeat.
“Mistakes happen in football but we pick ourselves up and go again.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was criticised after the game and the Norwegian chose to defend Lingard, rather than coming down hard on the former West Ham star.
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“Today, the last seconds, Jesse wants to play it safe and misplaces a pass and we concede a goal,” he said.
“It happens in football. Harry Hindsight is a very good player so if Jesse could have that chance again, he’ll turn a boot it the other way. But we’ll learn from it.
“We know we’ve given ourselves a more difficult task than we did last year, but everyone thought we were through after two games last year.
“You need 10, maybe 12 points, win all your home games and maybe one away from home.
“We’ve lost an opportunity to get three points, but we’ve got two home games next and we’ll focus on those two.”
Solskjaer was also forced to explain his decision to hook Ronaldo for Lingard, with that call backfiring spectacularly.
“The astroturf takes its toll as well and we wanted Nemanja’s experience to keep hold of the ball and Jesse’s legs,” he said.
“Ronaldo is exceptional… But we have to look after him as well and it felt like the right moment to take him off.”
On Wan-Bissaka’s red card, he added: “I can understand why he gives it because Aaron take a touch that goes too far.
“It’s never a dangerous tackle because it hits him on the front of his foot.
“We’ve seen sometimes – a bit like Harvey Elliott [at Liverpool] – bad injuries and there was never reckless or malicious.”
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