Tielemans open to transfer, Ronaldo scores in defeat to Young Boys, Lingard blunder haunts Red Devils


Young Boys “wouldn’t have touched the ball” if they were playing a 10-man Manchester City rather than United.

That’s ex-England striker Paul Merson’s claim – as he blames boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for United’s surprise 2-1 Champions League loss in Switzerland.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first-half red card turned the match after Cristiano Ronaldo’s early opener.

And Jesse Lingard’s 95th minute blunder gifted the home side one of their most famous victories ever.

Former Arsenal star Merson told Sky Sports: “If If that was Man City with 10 men, Young Boys wouldn’t touch the ball

“It’s the manager. Look at the substitutions.”

Merse argued Ronaldo “petrified” Young Boys – whereas his replacement Lingard’s style in chasing back to get the ball helped the hosts push forward.

He said: “If you’ve got pace that way, the other team can’t squeeze the game and that’s all they done.

“They just went to the halfway line, said there’s no threat behind, we’ll just keep them penned in…

“You bring Greenwood on for Ronaldo if you’re going to bring Ronaldo off.”