Young Boys 2-1 Man United: Jesse Lingard error gifts Swiss late winner after Aaron Wan-Bissaka red card
Cristiano Ronaldo’s third goal in two games since his return to Old Trafford had given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men an early lead but Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off before the break and Moumi Ngamaleu’s effort midway through the second half broke the resistance of the ten men.
A draw would still have a been a credible result in the circumstances, but Jesse Lingard’s backpass was picked off by Jordan Siebatcheu in the 95th minute to steal all three points.
Three-and-a-half months on from losing the Europa League final to Villarreal on penalties, the Red Devils were on course to return to continental action with a straightforward win after Ronaldo’s early opener.
The Portuguese’s 135th Champions League goal came as the returning forward equalled Iker Casillas’ appearance record in the competition, but the 36-year-old will want to forget his 177th match.
Wan-Bissaka’s 35th minute sending off for a rash challenge on Christopher Martins Pereira changed the dynamics of the game, with Ngamaleu levelling before Siebatcheu struck at the death.
Few could argue that the Swiss champions - managed by former Huddersfield boss David Wagner - did not deserve the result on a night when their performance was as impressive as United’s was poor.
Moumi Ngamaleu sent the Stadion Wankdorf wild when levelling and substitute Siebatcheu capitalised on a dreadful Lingard backpass to strike a stunning stoppage-time blow in the Group F opener.