Harry Maguire sends message to Jesse Lingard after error that led to Manchester United’s defeat to Young Boys

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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has defended Jesse Lingard following his error that led Tuesday’s defeat against Young Boys.

Lingard’s backpass in the final minute of injury time was intercepted by Theoson Siebatcheu who slotted past David de Gea to give the Swiss side an unlikely win in the opening game of their Champions League group campaign.

United, were had Aaron Wan-Bissaka sent off after 35 minutes, had taken the lead early on through Cristiano Ronaldo but failed to summon a single effort on goal after being reduced to 10 men.

Maguire says United must now bounce back with a win against Villarreal on 29 September, also backing Lingard to do likewise after his error.

That’s football,’ Maguire said of Young Boys’ second goal.

‘People make mistakes – we’re not blaming Jesse [Lingard]. I’m sure everyone on that pitch today has made a mistake. I’m sure Jesse will pick himself up.

‘It’s the first game in the group. We’ve got many games to bounce back and we must do.

‘We’ll try and pick up three points in our next game and build momentum from there.

‘We started the second half well. I think the changes helped us defend crosses a lot better. We couldn’t really control the box with a back four.

‘They didn’t really have any major chances. It’s disappointing to take at the end.’

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