Young Boys 2-1 Manchester United: Cristiano Ronaldo scores but Red Devils suffer shock defeat

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is shown the red card during Manchester United's Champions League group game against Young Boys
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for the first time in three years

Manchester United conceded a dramatic stoppage-time goal as they lost to Young Boys despite Cristiano Ronaldo scoring on his Champions League return for the Red Devils.

Ronaldo, who became the joint all-time Champions League appearance holder on his 177th appearance in the competition, fired United ahead after an exquisite pass from fellow Portuguese Bruno Fernandes.

United played for almost an hour with 10 men after Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s dangerous challenge on Christopher Martins earned the defender a straight red card.

They looked set to hang on for a point in an entertaining match after Cameroon winger Moumi Ngamaleu’s equaliser.

But a 95th-minute mistake by substitute Jesse Lingard – who had replaced Ronaldo with 18 minutes left – allowed Jordan Siebatcheu to score the winner.

The home fans celebrated wildly while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left to reflect on a performance which saw United muster just two shots, the fewest Opta have on record in any of their 138 Champions League matches since 2003-04.

Having missed out on qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition last season, United now host Villarreal in their next Group F game on 29 September in a repeat of last season’s Europa League final.

Red card & late error cost United

Having spent £120m on three major signings in the summer, United will have hoped to have come away with more than a hard luck tale against the Swiss champions.

But Wan-Bissaka’s dismissal – and Lingard’s late error – left them reflecting on a seventh defeat in 11 Champions League matches under Solskjaer.

Up until Wan-Bissaka’s first red card since 2018, United were in reasonable control and leading after a lovely goal made in Portugal.

Having scored twice on his second debut for United against Newcastle last Saturday, Ronaldo has three goals in two appearances since re-signing from Juventus.

More importantly, the all-time Champions League top scorer now has 135 goals in the competition.

Young Boys keeper David von Ballmoos will feel he should have kept it out, but the pass by Fernandes with the outside of his right foot was simply divine.

Jordan Siebatcheu scores the winner for Young Boys against Manchester United
Timed at 94 minutes and 22 seconds, Jordan Siebatcheu’s finish was the latest winning goal in a Champions League match since Lucas Moura’s goal for Spurs against Ajax in May 2019 (95:01)

Wan-Bissaka’s red card prompted Solskjaer to reshuffle his side with expensive summer recruit Jadon Sancho replaced by Diogo Dalot.

Having defended their lead up until half-time, Solskjaer then replaced Donny van de Beek, who was making his first start of the season, with Raphael Varane and switched to five at the back in an attempt to shore up the defence.

It did not work as the home side, full of energy and spurred on by a raucous crowd, eventually made their pressure tell.

After Ngamaleu’s equaliser, De Gea was forced to tip Sandro Lauper’s 30-yard attempt over the bar before Lingard’s attempted pass back fell well short allowing Siebatcheu to earn Young Boys a famous win.

Player of the match

KangaWilfried Kanga

with an average of 8.40

Young Boys

  1. Squad number9Player nameKanga

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  2. Squad number17Player nameSiebatcheu

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  3. Squad number5Player nameZesiger

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  4. Squad number10Player nameSulejmani

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  5. Squad number13Player nameMoumi Ngamaleu

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  6. Squad number15Player nameElia

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  7. Squad number20Player nameAebischer

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  8. Squad number16Player nameFassnacht

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  9. Squad number32Player nameRieder

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  10. Squad number8Player nameSierro

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  11. Squad number35Player nameMartins Pereira

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  12. Squad number21Player nameGarcía

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  13. Squad number30Player nameLauper

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  14. Squad number36Player nameHefti

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  15. Squad number4Player nameCamara

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  16. Squad number26Player namevon Ballmoos

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Manchester United

  1. Squad number7Player nameCristiano Ronaldo
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  2. Squad number18Player nameBruno Fernandes
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  3. Squad number1Player namede Gea
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  4. Squad number23Player nameShaw
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  5. Squad number6Player namePogba
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  6. Squad number34Player namevan de Beek
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  7. Squad number5Player nameMaguire
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  8. Squad number19Player nameVarane
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  9. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Dalot
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  10. Squad number2Player nameLindelöf
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  11. Squad number17Player nameFred
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  12. Squad number25Player nameSancho
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  13. Squad number31Player nameMatic
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  14. Squad number14Player nameLingard
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  15. Squad number29Player nameWan-Bissaka
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  16. Squad number9Player nameMartial
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Young Boys

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26von Ballmoos
  • 36HeftiSubstituted forSulejmaniat 83′minutes
  • 4Camara
  • 30LauperSubstituted forZesigerat 90+2′minutes
  • 21García
  • 35Martins PereiraBooked at 50minsSubstituted forRiederat 82′minutes
  • 8SierroSubstituted forSiebatcheuat 45′minutes
  • 16FassnachtBooked at 45mins
  • 20Aebischer
  • 13Moumi Ngamaleu
  • 15EliaSubstituted forKangaat 90+2′minutes


  • 5Zesiger
  • 7Spielmann
  • 9Kanga
  • 10Sulejmani
  • 11Jankewitz
  • 14Bürgy
  • 17Siebatcheu
  • 19Mambimbi
  • 24Maceiras
  • 32Rieder
  • 61Zbinden
  • 91Faivre

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-BissakaBooked at 35mins
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5Maguire
  • 23Shaw
  • 34van de BeekSubstituted forVaraneat 45′minutesBooked at 64mins
  • 17FredSubstituted forMartialat 89′minutes
  • 25SanchoSubstituted forDalotat 37′minutes
  • 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forMaticat 72′minutes
  • 6Pogba
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoSubstituted forLingardat 72′minutes


  • 3Bailly
  • 8Mata
  • 9Martial
  • 11Greenwood
  • 14Lingard
  • 19Varane
  • 20Dalot
  • 22Heaton
  • 31Matic
  • 36Elanga
  • 51Kovar

François Letexier

Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Young Boys 2, Manchester United 1.

  2. Second Half ends, Young Boys 2, Manchester United 1.

  3. Goal! Young Boys 2, Manchester United 1. Jordan Siebatcheu (Young Boys) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  4. Foul by Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys).

  5. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution, Young Boys. Cédric Zesiger replaces Sandro Lauper.

  7. Substitution, Young Boys. Wilfried Kanga replaces Meschak Elia.

  8. Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Fred.

  9. Corner, Young Boys. Conceded by David de Gea.

  10. Attempt saved. Sandro Lauper (Young Boys) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  11. Attempt missed. Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (Young Boys) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Siebatcheu.

  12. Corner, Young Boys. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

  13. Substitution, Young Boys. Miralem Sulejmani replaces Silvan Hefti.

  14. Substitution, Young Boys. Fabian Rieder replaces Christopher Martins Pereira.

  15. Foul by Christopher Martins Pereira (Young Boys).

  16. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Foul by Michel Aebischer (Young Boys).

  18. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Corner, Young Boys. Conceded by Raphaël Varane.

  20. Corner, Young Boys. Conceded by Diogo Dalot.

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