Solskjaer and Maguire lament Manchester United's lack of discipline in Bern
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Dimitar Berbatov has defended Ole Gunnar Solskjaer amid calls for Manchester United to sack the Norwegian after their shock 2-1 defeat to Young Boys in the Champions League this week.
United have started their Premier League season in emphatic fashion, storming to the top of the table courtesy of three wins and one draw.
But their Champions League campaign got off to a miserable start on Tuesday night as they were defeated in Switzerland courtesy of a last-gasp goal.
Solskjaer has now overseen seven losses in 11 Champions League games since arriving at United in 2018.
“Seven defeats in 11 Champions League matches under Ole Solskjaer is not good enough for United,” Berbatov, who scored 56 goals in 149 games during a four-year spell with the Red Devils, admitted to Betfair.
“I get that – but sometimes there is more to football than the statistics show.
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“Is Solskjaer’s job at risk after the defeat in Switzerland? Come on – you can’t be serious.
“United have played four games in the Premier League and won three of them.
“One defeat in the Champions League does not put Ole’s job in jeopardy. I don’t see any point in discussing Solskjaer’s future so early in the season.
“United have a strong squad, have made excellent signings who are bedding in, and we should judge them at the end of the group stage – not after one match.”
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United took the lead in their Champions League opener courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s third goal since his return to Old Trafford.
But they were pegged back after right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was given his marching orders before the break as Moumi Ngamaleu struck with just under 25 minutes remaining.
And Jordan Siebatcheu won the game for the hosts in the fifth minute of stoppage time after Jesse Lingard’s attempted back pass to David de Gea had fallen well short of the keeper.
The defeat left United rooted to the bottom of the Group F table ahead of their home clash with Villarreal at the end of this month.
“We know the expectations are high and we expect more of ourselves as well – the performance wasn’t up to our standard,” Solskajer said after the dust had settled on Tuesday’s defeat.
“It’s a setback. We have to do better and we’ve got five games to get 10 to 12 points we need.
“[It’s] not the start we wanted but we’re a good team that can bounce back again.”
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