Jesse Lingard has received the wrath of Manchester United fans on social media after his 95th minute mistake saw Young Boys grab a late 2-1 winner.
Lingard was brought on for goal-scorer and legendary forward Cristiano Ronaldo in the 71st minute of the Champions League group stage tie in a bizarre decision made by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United remained on the back-foot for the last 20 minutes after the 28-year-old’s introduction, having already struggled at 1-1 following Aaron Wan-Bissaka received a straight red in the first-half.
And things went from bad to worse when Lingard picked up a loose ball before incomprehensibly playing a wayward pass to Young Boys striker Theoson Siebatcheu, who snatched the win emphatically.
United fans have slammed Solskjaer for the decision to bring on the Englishman and take-off the likes of Jadon Sancho and Ronaldo, but have reserved special criticism for Lingard.
One angry supporter wrote on Twitter: “He can’t even blame that on tiredness. Lingard is such a useless player.”
He was joined by another fan, who said: “Sentiment for Lingard wins the club nothing. He is absolutely useless in this club.”
Another added: “Ronaldo off and Lingard on is the worst substitution I’ve ever seen in football history.”
The mistake comes in Lingard’s third appearance since his return from a successful loan spell at West Ham during the second half of last season.
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Meanwhile, club legend Paul Scholes issued a more balanced view of the result on BT Sport.
He said: “It’s not a complete disaster. Not ideal, obviously you’d like to go away and win.
“Jesse will be disappointed, it all stands from the sending off in the first half. United were quite comfortable up until that point.
“I do think United probably missed a trick, they couldn’t get out their half they were so deep. I think he [Solskjaer] should’ve brought more pace on earlier in Martial or Greenwood, didn’t do that and they’ve paid the ultimate price.”
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