Harry Maguire claims Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics worked well against Young Boys

Harry Maguire defended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics during Man Utd’s defeat against Young Boys (Picture: Beanyman YouTube)

Harry Maguire insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s second-half tactics against Young Boys worked ‘really well’ despite Manchester United only registering two shots during the entire match.

United looked to be on their way to a comfortable victory against unheralded Swiss opposition when Cristiano Ronaldo continued his dream return, scoring his third goal in two matches after just 13 minutes.

Solskjaer’s side, however, surrendered their early momentum and were rocked shortly before half-time when Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off following his dangerous challenge on Christopher Martins.

Manchester United slumped to a shock Champions League defeat against Young Boys last night (Picture: Getty)

Solskjaer reacted by making a number of defensive substations, with Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes all making way as United attempted to hang on to their slender advantage.

The visitors failed to pose an attacking threat thereafter and it was no surprise when Nicolas Ngamaleu equalised, before Theoson Siebatcheu sent the home fans into delirium when he pounced on Jesse Lingard’s wayward backpass to score the winning goal with virtually the last kick of the contest.

Despite the defeat, Maguire afterwards defended his manager and maintained that his side’s defensive shape helped keep the home side largely at bay.

He told MUTV: ‘We started the second half well, I think the shape helped us defend crosses a lot better.

‘You saw towards the end of the first half they put a lot of numbers in the box and with a back four we couldn’t really control the box very well.

‘The shape worked really well, it’s two goals we’ve conceded and not really any major chances, a few long-range shots and crosses across our goal which you expect with 10 men.

‘We could have been more of a threat on the counter-attack, but it’s disappointing to take.’


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