Dwight Yorke: Man United must learn from PSV wake-up call
Dwight Yorke says Manchester United were naive in Eindhoven
Dwight Yorke says Manchester United must learn from their wake-up call in the Champions League.
The Red Devils squandered a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 to PSV Eindhoven in their Champions League opener at Philips Stadion on Tuesday night.
Call it naive but at this level you cannot afford to make the mistakes they have made and they paid the price
Louis van Gaal’s side will welcome Wolfsburg to Old Trafford in their next Champions League game on 30 September.
Former United striker Yorke, who was part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Treble-winning side in 1999, believes the Red Devils were guilty of naïve defending in Eindhoven.
“I think they played well enough to certainly come away with a result,” Yorke told Sky Sports.
“I’m sure this will be a massive blow to the United players. To dominate the game for such a long period of time and to not have taken the opportunity and let PSV back into the game, they will be absolutely devastated.”
“Call it naive but at this level you cannot afford to make the mistakes they have made and they paid the price.
“This will probably be a wake-up call. At this level of the competition you need to take your opportunities and they haven’t been able to do that tonight.
“United dominated from start to finish and with the ball possession stats I have in front of me they have done enough to come away with a point. To come away with nothing at all that will be a double blow along with losing Luke Shaw.”
United are back in the Champions League after a season’s exile. Fourth in the 2014/15 Premier League, they beat Club Brugge KV 7-1 on aggregate in last month’s play-off round to secure their participation.
Anthony Martial came off the bench to score on his debut in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat of Liverpool.
The Red Devils make the trip to Southampton at St Mary’s in their next Premier League game on Sunday.