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United fans fume at decision to replace Ronaldo with Lingard

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 14/09/2021 Jeorge Bird For Mailonline
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Manchester United supporters were left livid with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for substituting Cristiano Ronaldo in their Champions League defeat to Young Boys.

Ronaldo, making his first Champions League appearance since his return to United, opened the scoring after 13 minutes but Young Boys equalised and Solskjaer then elected to take Ronaldo off in the 72nd minute, with Jesse Lingard replacing him. 

The decision proved to be costly, with Lingard giving the ball away late on and Young Boys scoring the winner through Jordan Siebatcheu against a United side who had Aaron Wan-Bissaka sent off in the 35th minute.

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United fans were perplexed by Solskjaer's decision to deploy Lingard as a false nine and many took to Twitter to express their frustration.

One Twitter user wrote: 'Gonna go down as one of the worst subs in Champions League and club history for us.'

Another added: 'Ole replaced Ronaldo with Lingard who ended up playing the game winning assist for young boys.'

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Another user described Solskjaer as 'clueless', writing: 'Manchester United were looking for a win and Ole took of Ronaldo and put in Lingard.

Video: Ronaldo backed for successful second Man Utd spell by Bale (Mirror)

Read that sentence again. If this doesn't tell you how clueless ole is, I don't know what will.'

Another wrote: 'Before you go to bed tonight, remember that Ole Solskjaer actually took off Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo for Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic.'

In addition, another user added: 'Ole brought on Lingard to replace Ronaldo when Manchester United needed a goal to win the game.

'Lingard just assisted the winner for Young Boys.'

 Finally, another wrote: 'What is Ole doing la with the subs HAHAHAHAHAHA.'

United return to Premier League action on Sunday away to West Ham as Solskjaer looks to get his side back to winning ways. 

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