Peter Schmeichel SLAMS Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘strange’ tactics and team selection against Young Boys – questioning why Cristiano Ronaldo was subbed and Mason Greenwood not used
- Peter Schmeichel criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics in the Champions League
- Manchester United were beaten 2-1 away from home by Swiss side Young Boys
- Schmeichel questioned Solskjaer’s starting line up which missed key players
- He also disagreed with subbing Cristiano Ronaldo and leaving out Mason Greenwood
Peter Schmeichel is the latest ex-Manchester United player to blast manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘strange’ tactics in their 2-1 loss to Young Boys.
United suffered a humiliating opener to their Champions League campaign against the Swiss minnows, despite Cristiano Ronaldo putting them ahead.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first half red card led Solskjaer to make several tactical and personnel changes, but the Red Devils were undone when a horror pass from Jesse Lingard allowed Young Boys’ forward Jordan Siebatcheu to score a 95th-minute winner.
Peter Schmeichel has slammed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ‘strange’ tactics against Young Boys
Jesse Lingard’s (centre) terrible back-pass allowed Young Boys to score an injury-time winner
The United legend said not playing Mason Greenwood (right) at all was the wrong decision
Solskjaer has now lost seven of 11 Champions League matches as United boss and Schmeichel was one of many observers to question the Norwegian’s thinking against Young Boys.
The former United goalkeeper suggested Solskjaer may have had one eye on the club’s weekend Premier League fixture against West Ham, which influenced his selection with the likes of Raphael Varane not starting the match.
‘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.
Referring to Solskjaer’s post-match complaints about the artificial pitch at Young Boys stadium, Schmeichel said: ‘Regardless of astroturf, whatever excuses you come up with, get that win on there.
Schmeichel questioned the United boss’ decision not to start defender Raphael Varane (left)
Schmeichel said substituting Cristiano Ronaldo for Jesse Lingard was a ‘strange’ decision
‘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.
‘(Raphael) Varane has just come to the club but I would’ve loved to see those two playing.’
Schmeichel was particularly incensed with Solskjaer’s decision to take off goal-scorer Ronaldo, saying he could have been the difference maker in the tie.
The United legend also expressed his bafflement at replacing the Portuguese forward with Jesse Lingard, who is not a striker and was out of favour at United not that long ago.
‘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,’ Schmeichel said.
‘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 (Lingard). He’s a player he tried to sell, tried to loan out, and he replaces him with Ronaldo, I just find it strange.’
Schmeichel also took issue with Solskjaer’s decision to bring on Anthony Martial at the end
Solskjaer’s decision to bring on Anthony Martial when United were seeking to close out the game was another head-scratcher for Schmeichel.
‘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 said.
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?’
Schmeichel echoed the concern of fellow United legends Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes, who also felt Solskjaer’s tactics and substitutions were found wanting once more.