Frank Lampard: What really disappointed me about Man United in 1-0 loss at Basel
The Chelsea legend wasn't impressed with Manchester United's lame attempt to see out a point following a 1-0 loss to Basel on Wednesday night
Frank Lampard admitted he was surprised at Manchester United’s inability to see out a point at Basel after Michael Lang scored a later winner for the Swiss side to deny the Red Devils a place in the last 16.
The Red Devils returned to winning ways in the Premier League last weekend thanks to a 4-1 win over Newcastle United as Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United to three points on his return from a knee problem.
However, the France international struggled to find his groove in the Champions League clash and he was replaced in the second half following a muted performance.
His midfield colleague Marouane Fellaini almost made the breakthrough when the 30-year-old’s header hit the woodwork after an excellent cross from Anthony Martial in the first half.
Manchester United were handed a warning sign with 15 minutes remaining when Dimitri Oberlin’s attempt was blocked by Marcos Rojo’s last-ditch tackle.
Basel made the Red Devils pay for failing to convert their dominance when Michael Lang finished past Manchester United number two goalkeeper Sergio Romero despite Mourinh bringing on experienced pros Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nemanja Matic to see out a draw.
Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard suggested that Mourinho would be very upset with his Manchester United players for squandering a point that would have sent them through to the round of 16 with a game to spare.
“The first half was good, without being great,” Lampard told BT Sport.
“The second half was bad and probably worse. With 25 minutes to go, Jose Mourinho pretty much shut up shop by bringing Matic on and taking Pogba off.
“They still let Basel gain momentum in the game. That’s not good enough from Manchester United. They’ll be fine, but tonight they’ll be very disappointed with that.”
Manchester United secured their 13th clean sheet of the season thanks to their goalless stalemate with Basel on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils are looking to win the Champions League for the first time since 2008 when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties.
Manchester United were 2-0 winners against Dutch giants Ajax in the Europa League final last term.