Sport United fans fume at decision to replace Ronaldo with Lingard
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He's back. Cristiano Ronaldo is on course to make his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle on Saturday - but what does his story at Old Trafford look like so far? The 36-year-old forward made a sensational return to the club where he made a name for himself last month in a £19.8million move from Juventus - 12 years after he left the Premier League giants in a then-world-record £80million to Real Madrid. Ronaldo's first spell at Old Trafford was nothing short of memorable.
supporters were left livid with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for substituting in their defeat to Young Boys.
Ronaldo, making his first Champions League appearance since his return to United, opened the scoring after 13 minutes but Young Boys equalised and Solskjaer then elected to take Ronaldo off in the 72nd minute, withreplacing him.
The decision proved to be costly, with Lingard giving the ball away late on and Young Boys scoring the winner through Jordan Siebatcheu against a United side who had Aaron Wan-Bissaka sent off in the 35th minute.
Stuart Pearce insists Jesse Lingard is 'too good' to be fringe player
West Ham had been keen to bring Jesse Lingard back to east London this summer but a deal failed to materialise as the club refused to meet Manchester United's asking price.Lingard enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Hammers last season. He recorded nine goals and four assists, winning plaudits for his performances.
United fans were perplexed by Solskjaer's decision to deploy Lingard as a false nine and many took to Twitter to express their frustration.
One Twitter user wrote: 'Gonna go down as one of the worst subs in Champions League and club history for us.'
Another added: 'Ole replaced Ronaldo with Lingard who ended up playing the game winning assist for young boys.'
Gonna go down as one of the worst subs in Champions League and club history for us— Crispin (@dtrouble)
Ole replaced Ronaldo with Lingard who ended up playing the game winning assist for young boys.— Beef (@Alayonimiii)
Another user described Solskjaer as 'clueless', writing: 'Manchester United were looking for a win and Ole took of Ronaldo and put in Lingard.
Cristiano Ronaldo takes part in first Man United training session
Ronaldo, who is back at Old Trafford after 12 years away, spent his hectic first day back at Carrington with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and then moved on to some drills with his new team-mates.Superstar Ronaldo, who is back at Old Trafford after 12 years away, spent today at their Carrington training complex with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and then moved on to some drills alongside his new team-mates.
Read that sentence again. If this doesn't tell you how clueless ole is, I don't know what will.'
Another wrote: 'Before you go to bed tonight, remember that Ole Solskjaer actually took off Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo for Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic.'
Manchester United were looking for a win and Ole took of Ronaldo and put in Lingard.
Jesse Lingard expecting Cristiano Ronaldo to have huge impact
Jesse Lingard backed Cristiano Ronaldo to have a tremendous impact at Manchester United after the England attacking midfielder marked the star's return by copying his goal celebration. Shockwaves were sent around the footballing world when the Old Trafford giants swooped to bring the 36-year-old back to the club on a two-year deal with the option of a further season.Ronaldo is expected to make his second United debut against Newcastle following an international break in which the forward became the top scoring male international player of all-time.
Read that sentence again. If this doesn't tell you how clueless ole is, I don't know what will— IRUNNIA ™ (@Irunnia_)
In addition, another user added: 'Ole brought on Lingard to replace Ronaldo when Manchester United needed a goal to win the game.
'Lingard just assisted the winner for Young Boys.'
Finally, another wrote: 'What is Ole doing la with the subs HAHAHAHAHAHA.'
United return to Premier League action on Sunday away to West Ham as Solskjaer looks to get his side back to winning ways.
Cristiano Ronaldo has hit the stratosphere in the Champions League
A Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Man United won their first Champions League crown since 1999 in 2008, beating fellow Premier League outfit Chelsea on penalties in Russia. That 2007-08 season saw Ronaldo deliver his best goalscoring return in Europe for United, netting seven to help get them to Moscow before heading in the opener against the Blues in the first half. The euphoria that would follow that night for the red half of Manchester - despite Ronaldo's miss from the spot in the shootout - has not been rivalled since.
Omo! Before you go to bed tonight, remember that Ole Solskjaer actually took off Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo for Jesse Lingard and Nemanja Matic????????????— Cross˚ (@Elkrosmediahub)
Ole brought on Lingard to replace Ronaldo when Manchester United needed a goal to win the game.
Lingard just assisted the winner for Young Boys.— ???????????????? (@GreatWhiteNueve)
What is Ole doing la with the subs HAHAHAHAHAHA— Tan Guan Yu (@officialgy_)
Just who will take Manchester United's cast-offs? .
Manchester United have certainly signalled their intent in the transfer this summer as they aim to overhaul the 12-point gap to rivals Manchester City and win a first Premier League title since 2013. The Red Devils finally tied up a deal to bring Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford for £73million from Borussia Dortmund after a long-running saga, and have agreed a £42m deal for Real Madrid centre back Raphael Varane, making a stunning £115m double swoop.