Cristiano Ronaldo’s first Champions league game during his return to Manchester United didn’t go according to plan, and a lot of the outcome had to do with a mistake made by midfielder Jesse Lingard in stoppage time.
After a first half red card, the Young Boys fought back to even the score with Manchester United, and the game appeared destined to be a draw. But in the waning moments of stoppage time, Jesse Lingard gave the ball away, leading to a wide-open goal for Jordan Pefok.
Jordan Pefok!!! The American takes down Manchester United in stoppage time.
Absolute scenes!!!!! pic.twitter.com/MQN7SbmLQz
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 14, 2021
Immediately after the game ended, fans took to social media to throw massive shade at Jesse Lingard.
What an assist from Jesse Lingard 🙌🏿
— LORD KSI (@KSI) September 14, 2021
Ronaldo sending Lingard back to West Hampic.twitter.com/escPcVEu6a
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) September 14, 2021
Young Boys: “How are we supposed to beat Man Utd? They have Cristiano Ronaldo…”
The manager: “That is where Lingard comes in.” pic.twitter.com/vrzrN45ucR
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) September 14, 2021
The thing is Lingard doesn't even give a single shit lmao. He's currently in the dressing room asking Ronaldo to make a tiktok with him
— Pøgba Senior (@TheSaItIsHere) September 14, 2021
Lingard when he sees Ronaldo in the dressing room pic.twitter.com/I42A04HwHg
— . (@imganit) September 14, 2021
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Jesse Lingard came onto the pitch in the 72nd minute for Cristiano Ronaldo, in a move that appeared to be about bringing some more speed into the game.
It didn’t work for Manchester United, and now they’ll have to claw their way back in the group stage of Champions League.
For Jesse Lingard, he’ll hope that he can avenge that brutal mental error in the near future.