Former Manchester United goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, has criticised decisions made by manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, during the club’s defeat to Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.
Young Boys defeated Man United at home following second-half goals from Moumi Ngamaleu and Theoson Siebatcheu as Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half goal was not enough.
After the defeat, Schmeichel questioned Solskjaer’s decision to leave Raphael Varane and Mason Greenwood out of the starting line-up and also felt the Norwegian gaffer made two errors during the game by substituting Ronaldo and bringing on Anthony Martial in the closing stages with the game still at 1-1.
“We can always question team selection, I just think when your next game is Sunday at West Ham, first game in the Champions League – why don’t you play your best team, your best players?” Schmeichel told CBS Sports.
“Regardless of astroturf, whatever excuses you come up with, get that win there.
“I think when you look at Mason Greenwood, he’s in great form, he’s a young man, he creates chances and not only does he score he creates chances for others.
“Varane has just come to the club but I would’ve loved to see those two playing.
“Then he takes Ronaldo off. We as fans want Ronaldo to be on the pitch, regardless of if they are down to 10 men, if he gets the ball he can make something happen.
“They were hoping for a very long time to have that kind of player and he put somebody on that he last year he sent out on loan. He’s a player he tried to sell, tried to loan out, and he replaces him with Ronaldo, I just find it strange.
“But to get a result in-house, it’s 1-1, he puts Martial on, we talked about that, that was really weird because Martial doesn’t defend well. He doesn’t work hard, he’s a goalscorer but we’re down to 10 men, we don’t expect to create many chances, so why put Martial on?”