Rio Ferdinand compared Manchester United’s shock loss to Young Boys to their disastrous defeat away to Istanbul Basaksehir last season.
United were beaten 2-1 by Young Boys in their opening Champions League group game in Bern on Wednesday night.
Last season Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost to Basaksehir by the same scoreline and weren’t able to progress from their group because of it.
Rio Ferdinand criticised Jesse Lingard’s ‘big mistake’ after Young Boys scored a late winner
Ferdinand compared United’s defeat to their loss against Istanbul Basaksehir last season
United had taken the lead courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo, but their task was made harder following Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s red card in the 35th minute.
Young Boys took advantage of their numerical superiority, with Moumi Ngamaleu equalising.
It looked as if the game was going to end in a draw but Lingard, who had entered the fray as a substitute for Ronaldo, gave the ball away with a loose backpass, which was seized upon by Jordan Siebatcheu, who scored the winner for Young Boys late on to spark jubilant scenes.
The former United defender stressed that the dismissal of Wan-Bissaka altered the course of the game significantly.
Ferdinand believes the game changed following the sending off of Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Speaking on BT Sport, Ferdinand said: ‘This is Basaksehir all over again. It’s a big mistake from Jesse. Wherever you go in Europe you’ve got to be on your game. It was a bad tackle from Wan-Bissaka and the game turned on its head totally.’
Ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have made substitutions at an earlier stage.
Scholes said: ‘It’s not a complete disaster. Jesse will be disappointed. It all stems from the sending off. United were quite comfortable up to that point.
‘They really couldn’t get out of their half in the second half. I think they needed to bring a bit of pace on earlier, with Martial or Greenwood.’
Scholes was also unimpressed with Wan-Bissaka’s red. Wan-Bissaka caught his opponent’s ankle and the BT Sport pundits agreed that, while there wasn’t any real intent, there was no choice but for the 23-year-old to be dismissed.
Lingard gave the ball away and Jordan Siebatcheu capitalised to score the winner for Young Boys
Scholes said: ‘He causes himself his own problem with a really clumsy touch. I don’t think he meant to do it but he had to go.’
United captain Harry Maguire refused to criticise Lingard after the game and said his team-mates will support him.
Maguire said: ‘That’s football. People make mistakes – we’re not blaming Jesse.
‘I’m sure everyone on that pitch today has made a mistake. I’m sure Jesse will pick himself up.’
Lingard rebuilt his confidence with a goal-laden loan spell at West Ham in the second half of last season after falling out of favour with Solskjaer.
The 28-year-old is desperate to re-establish himself and Crouch is concerned his night in Switzerland could affect his self belief again.
‘I hope that doesn’t affect his confidence, he’s got back to a point now where he’s scored and he’s playing well,’ the former England striker said.
United captain Harry Maguire refused to criticise Lingard following the game in Switzerland
‘He’s back at Man United and I know that’s where he wants to be. Giving that goal away and watching the celebrations must really hurt.
‘These things happen and he’s got to bounce back from that. But I just worry because he’s had so many knocks but he just can’t let that affect him.’
Rio Ferdinand chimed in: ‘You have to have thick skin. These players even more now than we did. That’s the job of a footballer, you have to make mistakes and deal with it.
‘He needs the confidence from his manager to say, “you made a mistake, here’s another chance.’
United return to action in the Premier League this weekend, away to West Ham on Sunday.