So another frustrating evening for all United fans. Our ‘front-liners’ inclusive of Greenwood, Martial, Rashford and Cavani could hardly muster a shot on goal during the whole second half, opting to keep playing the ball around the opposition penalty area, Basaksehir containing United’s attack with ease. And then what about the shambolic defending, a defensive horror show, which Solskjaer labelled “unforgivable”. Leaving unmarked players in the penalty area is certainly inexcusable. The Reds trailed at the interval and were unable to mount a response after the break, despite Anthony Martial’s goal before the half-time whistle. The Turkish newcomers didn’t have a Champions League point or even a goal to their name before the kick-off. Yet they came away with all three points, scoring two goals.
Once again it is difficult to pick out the United Player that had the most impact on the game; however I would once again select Luke Shaw. Although he was caught high up the pitch for Istanbul Basaksehir’s second, he redeemed himself with a fine assist for Martial’s goal, and some industrious running in the second half.
In the end it added up to a bitterly disappointing evening in Turkey, with the Reds failing to add to our six-point tally in Group H. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly retains the support of Manchester United and is still seen as a long-term appointment, Sky Sports News reports. However there are Press Reports that United have made contact with the former Tottenham manager’s representatives about replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the Old Trafford helm. A good performance and result against Everton on Saturday is thus a must.
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