Manchester United endured an evening to forget on the banks of the Bosporus as they fell foul to an upset at the hands of Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir. The result undoes some of the hard work carried out in Europe in the past two weeks, after the impressive wins against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.
The hosts took the lead in bizarre fashion, as former West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea man Demba Ba ghosted through on goal and finished past Dean Henderson.
United’s entire backline was pressing high up in the opposition half, leaving Ba with the freedom of Istanbul.
Edin Visca then smashed home a second as he raced onto a cross-field pass, making no mistake with a powerful drive.
United responded immediately as Anthony Martial headed home to pull one back before half-time but it wasn’t enough as the hosts got over the line, thanks to a last-gasp goal-line clearance.
Here’s how the United players rated on Wednesday evening at the Fatih Terim Stadium…
Luke Shaw – 5
Fine work to set up Anthony Martial at the end of the first half.
Nemanja Matic – 6
Some nice touches but didn’t do enough.
Donny van de Beek – 4
Failed to stake his claim for a starting role. Lacked quality on the ball, something you wouldn’t normally associate with the Dutchman.
Bruno Fernandes – 5
Quiet evening by his standards. Came close with a free-kick which was saved and had several other efforts blocked.
Juan Mata – 4
Looks way past his best. Lost the ball for the second goal. Simply not up to scratch.
Published at Wed, 04 Nov 2020 19:45:00 +0000