Peter Schmeichel has criticised several decisions made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Manchester United’s defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo got United off to an excellent start by opening the scoring in the 13th minute but Solskjaer’s side were reduced to 10 men before half time following Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card.
Young Boys equalised in the second half before Jesse Lingard’s poor backpass in injury time was intercepted by Jordan Siebatcheu, who secured a 2-1 win for the Swiss side.
After the defeat, Schmeichel questioned Solskjaer’s decision to leave Raphael Varane and Mason Greenwood out of the starting line-up and also felt the United manager made two errors during the game by substituting Cristiano Ronaldo and bringing on Anthony Martial in the closing stages with the game still at 1-1.
‘We can always question team selection, I just think when your next game is Sunday at West Ham, first game in the Champions League – why don’t you play your best team, your best players?’ Schmeichel told CBS Sports.
‘Regardless of astroturf, whatever excuses you come up with, get that win on there.
‘I think when you look at Mason Greenwood, he’s in great form, he’s a young man, he creates chances and not only does he score he creates chances for others.
‘Varane has just come to the club but I would’ve loved to see those two playing.
‘Then he takes Ronaldo off. We as fans want Ronaldo to be on the pitch, regardless of if they’re down to 10 men, if he gets the ball he can make something happen.
‘They were hoping for a very long time to have that kind of player and he puts somebody on that he last year he sent out on loan. He’s a player he tried to sell, tried to loan out, and he replaces him with Ronaldo, I just find it strange.
‘But to get a result in-house, it’s 1-1, he puts Martial on, we talked about that, that was really weird because Martial doesn’t defend well. He doesn’t work hard, he’s a goalscorer but we’re down to 10 men, we don’t expect to create many chances, so why put Martial on?’
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