Simon Jordan makes surprise leap to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s defence despite previous criticism and rejects opportunity to slam Manchester United boss after Young Boys defeat


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has received the most unlikely of defences from fierce critic Simon Jordan after Manchester United’s defeat to Young Boys.

The Red Devils boss had another night to forget in the Champions League as his side slipped to a shocking 2-1 loss in Switzerland to open their European campaign with a whimper.

Solskjaer has received plenty of stick for the result

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Solskjaer has received plenty of stick for the result

United had their backs against the wall with ten men

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United had their backs against the wall with ten men

Cristiano Ronaldo put the visitors in front, but the game was changed by a red card for Aaron Wan-Bissaka before half-time.

Young Boys bossed the ten-man Premier League leaders and equalised, but United looked set to hold out until a howler from Jesse Lingard gifted the Swiss minnows a memorable victory in the last minute of stoppage time.

talkSPORT host Jason Cundy called for Solskjaer’s head in the immediate aftermath of the match, insisting the Norwegian was exposed by the difficult circumstances and proved himself unfit for the job in a ‘disasterclass’ display.

However, former Crystal Palace chief Jordan took a more measured approach, despite regularly arguing the case against Solskjaer in recent months.

Jordan had called for the Norwegian to ‘get his coat’, insisting he is not an elite coach and ‘doesn’t have the chops’ for the Old Trafford job.

But on Wednesday, he told fellow talkSPORT host Jim White: “You lose Wan-Bissaka in the 35th minute and it changes the direction of the game.

Jordan is usually the first to criticise Solskjaer

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Jordan is usually the first to criticise Solskjaer

“Lingard doesn’t pass the ball back, they don’t concede a goal. If you take those two factors out…

“It’s very formulaic for me to pile in on Solskjaer on the back of this performance, because everybody knows losing to Young Boys isn’t a great result.

“Will Man United qualify from the Champions League group? I would suspect they probably will.

“They’re not mugs, Young Boys. They’re in the Champions League.

“Losing the game is the headline, but the manner in which they’ve lost it can’t just be a pile in on Solskjaer.”

However, a look at the recent record books do not look good for Solskjaer.

United have lost seven of their 11 Champions League matches under the Norwegian boss.

That works out to 13% of the club’s total defeats in the competition [7/54], despite Solskjaer only being in charge for 4.8% of their matches [11/231].

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