Ole Gunnar Solskjaer received the most unlikely defense from fierce critic Simon Jordan following Manchester United’s loss to Young Boys.
The Red Devils boss has had another night to forget in the Champions League as his side slipped to a shocking 2-1 loss in Switzerland to open their European campaign with a moan.
Solskjaer received a lot of sticks for the result
United had their backs to the wall with ten men
Cristiano Ronaldo put the visitors ahead but the game was changed by a red card for Aaron Wan-Bissaka before half-time.
The Young Boys led the Premier League’s top ten and equalized, but United looked set to hold on until a screecher from Jesse Lingard gave the Swiss minnows a memorable victory in the last minute of the stoppage time.
TalkSPORT host Jason Cundy called for Solskjaer’s head immediately after the game, insisting the Norwegian was exposed by the difficult circumstances and proved unfit for the job in a ‘disaster class’ display.
However, former Crystal Palace boss Jordan has taken a more measured approach, although he has regularly argued against Solskjaer in recent months.
Jordan had called on the Norwegian to “take his coat”, insisting he was not an elite coach and “didn’t have the chops” for Old Trafford’s job.
But on Wednesday, he told Jim White, another talkSPORT host, “You lose Wan-Bissaka in the 35th minute and that changes the direction of the game.
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Jordan is usually the first to criticize Solskjaer
“Lingard does not pass the ball back, they do not concede a goal. If you remove these two factors …
“It’s very conventional for me to lean on Solskjaer following this performance, because everyone knows losing to Young Boys is not a good result.
“Will Man United qualify from the Champions League group? I suspect they probably will.
“These aren’t mugs, Young Boys. They are in the Champions League.
“Losing the game is the headline, but the way they lost it can’t be all about Solskjaer.”
However, a look at recent record books doesn’t look good for Solskjaer.
United have lost seven of their 11 Champions League appearances under the Norwegian boss.
This represents 13% of the club’s total losses in the competition. [7/54], although Solskjaer has only managed 4.8% of their games [11/231].
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