More than 30,000 normally reserved Swiss went wild when Young Boys Jordan Siebatcheu guided the ball past Manchester United’s David de Gea in the 95th minute to win their opening game in the Champions League.
And it was not only the fans. Young Boys’ manager, David Wagner, and his backroom staff, chased the substitutes down the touchline to join in with the players’ celebrations.
Meanwhile, club executives got the party started in the VIP area.
Young Boys 95th minute winner against Manchester United sparked wild celebrations
‘‘What a result, what a night, what a game,’ Young Boys’ thrilled chief executive, Wanja Greuel told Sportsmail today.
‘It was an earthquake in Switzerland, it was in the last second in the 95th minute and there was an incredible explosion in the stadium. It is an incredible achievement.’
Young Boys are playing in the Champions League group stage for only the second time in their history and they have never seen a night like this.
When Cristiano Ronaldo put the visitors ahead with a well-taken goal on 13 minutes it looked as though the match would go with form and status.
But the sending off of Aaron Wan-Bissaka changed everything. Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu poked home on 66 minutes and set up a memorable finale with US international Siebatcheu sealing the club’s most famous win.
Young Boys’ bench set off down the touchline to share the moment with team mates and fans
In 2018, the Swiss did defeat the mighty Juventus at the Wankdorf Stadium in Bern, but the Italians had already qualified for the next stage and Young Boys were out of the competition by then.
This victory over three-time European Cup winners Manchester United was on a different scale.
‘Manchester played with their best team, they played with Ronaldo,’ said Greuel. ‘It was a big game for them as well. One thing is we won the game and the other thing is we really deserved to win the game.
‘Of course, the red card played very much into out hands but it was a great game by our team. It is simply amazing. We are such a small club compared to the giants from Manchester and shows what team spirit and culture can actually achieve.’
After taking an early lead United struggled after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off
Young Boys’ achievement in victory cannot be over-estimated. The resources at the Red Devils disposal is vastly superior. The value of United’s squad and wage bill are more than 10 times their opponent’s.
But under the direction of David Wagner, who managed Huddersfield Town for four years, taking them to the Premier League, where the Terriers defeated United 2-1 in 2017, they felt they had a chance.
‘[Before the game] I told the sponsors how Manchester United’s turnover is related to ours, how the wages is related to ours, how the fans worldwide are related to ours, but I ended my speech saying in the end it is 11 against 11 and it starts 0-0 and so we should not be afraid,’ said Greuel.
The CEO was deeply upset at the betrayal of football by United and the other founder members of the breakaway European Super League in April. The doomed plan would have secured even greater riches for the participating clubs.
Young Boys victory was met with jubilation by supporters who generated great atmosphere
At the time, he told Sportsmail ‘it was total shock’ when the depth of disloyalty became clear.
However, Greuel insisted there is no additional pleasure to be had from the victory as a result of those upheavals, although he does think the win underlines the need to keep European football competitive.
‘It shows that we should try to keep the gap [in wealth and power of clubs] and not let it grow it any more so that games like this are possible in the future.’
Wagner joined Young Boys in the summer after a difficult spell at Schalke04 in Germany. He was sacked in September last year after an 18-game winless run in the Bundesliga.
The Swiss club previously beat Juventus in the Champions League, but in a ‘dead rubber’
Young Boys have had a mixed start to the domestic season having won two, drawn two and lost one, but Gruel says the performances have been good.
It certainly came together for the Swiss club last night and Greuel accepts that Wagner’s experience in England may have had some benefit.
‘‘We have chosen him because we believe in his skills and quality and he is a great guy,’ the CEO told Sportsmail. ‘He has beaten already Manchester United with Huddersfield. May be that was helpful but at the end it was a new game.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side still have plenty of time to recover in their remaining five games in Group F, but the manager wants better discipline after seeing United punished for Wan-Bissaka’s red card and Jesse Lingard’s late mistake.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists there is plenty of time to turnaround United’s campaign
‘Discipline is a huge part of the game in football in general not just the Champions League,’ said Solskjaer.
‘A lack of concentration, you make a mistake and you get done. We did that last year, conceding two sloppy counter-attacks against Basaksehir and lost that game in the last seconds today.
‘So we know we’ve given ourselves a more difficult task. We did last year when everyone thought we were through after two games.
‘You need 10 or 12 points: win your home games and one away from home. We’ve lost the opportunity to get three points, but we’ve got two home games next and got to focus on those two.’