PAUL IT TOGETHER
Paul Merson argues that Manchester United have yet to “get going”.
Merson told Sky Sports: “Manchester United haven’t got going. Against Wolves, they were very fortunate. Against Newcastle when it was 1-1, it was a heads-or-tails game. It could have easily gone Newcastle’s way.
“Champions League football is hard and it doesn’t matter who you are playing. For Young Boys, this is their biggest game ever. And if you don’t match that, you are in trouble. This isn’t the biggest shock to me.
“Manchester United couldn’t get out of their half. If that was Manchester City with 10 men, Young Boys wouldn’t have touched the ball.
“Look at the substitutions. He brought [Jesse] Lingard on for [Cristiano] Ronaldo. Young Boys were petrified of Ronaldo but Lingard plays how l used to play – he will come back and get the ball, and that’s not helping because you are down to 10 men already.
“You want the ball going the other way because if the ball goes the other way then your opponents can squeeze the game. That’s all Young Boys did: they pushed up to the halfway line because there was no threat behind.
“Without that threat, you aren’t going to win too many football matches. If you are going to bring Ronaldo off, bring Mason Greenwood on because he has the pace”