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A stoppage-time goal from Marouane Fellaini – his team’s first at home in more than 270 minutes of Champions League football – redeemed another lamentable performance from Manchester United. They are through to the last 16, where they will be feared by absolutely no one.
United didn’t start too badly by their standards, and Marcus Rashford ought to have put them ahead on five minutes, but he lifted over the bar when through on goal. But gradually they were overwhelmed by force of habit and though Rashford did his best to rouse them, they were soon as ponderous and clueless as usual.
Young Boys, meanwhile, improved after half-time, the game becoming more open as a consequence, and on 70 minutes they nearly took the lead. United failed to clear a corner properly and Ulisses Garcia’s shot deflected off Kevin Mbabu, but, somehow, David de Gea dived to claw the ball back from on the goalline.
Photo: Man Utd Players celebrate
In the final 20 minutes United struggled to create chances, but then, in the first minute of injury-time, Luke Shaw’s hump forward was flicked on by Romelu Lukaku, and the maestro did the rest.
What are United doing? There’s no excuse for how United play, played and are playing. They have no confidence, no rhythm and no idea what they’re doing – it is impossible to get less out of this squad than Mourinho is getting, and it is impossible to get less out of themselves than these players are getting. Mourinho must work out his best combinations and stick with them.
MAN OF THE MATCH
David de Gea (Manchester United) His save from Mbabu was absolutely ludicrous. Without him, United would have lost.