Man Utd lost to a controversial penalty, Ronaldo starts and disappoints

There was a sombre atmosphere at the stadium with no pre-match music played and digital advertising boards switched off throughout game just hours after the death of Queen Elizabeth II was announced.

It took a controversial penalty to end United’s four-match winning run under their new manager and get their Europa League Group E campaign off to a losing start at Old Trafford. The decision to penalise substitute Lisandro Martinez for handball, when David Silva’s shot early in the second half came off the Argentine’s thigh first, seemed harsh.

United had enough talent on the pitch to get the job done and it should concern Ten Hag that the moment he changed a winning line-up, his team lost. Ronaldo missed the pace he had years ago tonight. On several occasions it let him down against Real Sociedad and I don’t think he has made Ten Hag’s decision to bench him more difficult. He needs to improve.

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