Five talking points as Manchester United were shocked by Istanbul Basaksehir in the UEFA Champions League group stage fixture
After two wins in two games in UEFA Champions League, Manchester United locked their horns with Istanbul Basaksehir on Wednesday. Though the fans and the players were expecting a stern test for Red Devils in an away game, they weren’t expecting a defeat. Manchester United were humbled at Basaksehir Fateh Terim Stadium on the matchday 3 of the European nights.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed the Champions League debut for Dean Henderson whereas Axel Tuanzebe started the game ahead of Victor Lindelof. Though the English outfit started the game on high tempo, Demba Ba and Edin Visca scored the goals for the Turkish outfit within 40 minutes. Anthony Martial pulled one back in the 43rd minute to send MUFC 2-1 at half time.
The pattern remained the same in the second half. Manchester United was relentlessly attacking but they were unable to get through the resilient defense of Istanbul. Red Devils came closer to securing a point in the 92nd minute but the goal-line clearance denied the chance for them.
Here are the five talking points from the disappointing performance from Manchester United against Istanbul Basaksehir:
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MANCHESTER UNITED WERE GIVEN A TASTE OF THEIR OWN MEDICINE
Manchester United usually sit deep and set the counter-attack on opposition against the high-pressing sides. We have seen this pattern in the past against the likes of Paris St Germain, RB Leipzig and Newcastle United in 2020/21. But against Istanbul Basaksehir, Manchester United dominated the game in the opposition half and the Turkish outfit sat deep.
Both the goals scored by ISBK were counter-attacking in nature. The defenders were in the opposition half and only Nemanja Matic was guarding near the midline. Demba Ba was played one-on-one after Matic failed to catch-up for Chelsea striker. The player easily slotted it home giving the lead within the first 15 minutes.