“The performance wasn’t good enough.” Pressure increases on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as Manchester United lose in Istanbul

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Bad to worse

Manchester United failed to bounce back from the defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford. The north west club lost 2-1 in Turkey to Istanbul Basaksehir after multiple defensive howlers.

United were frustrated by the Gunners but couldn’t break down Mikel Arteta’s resolute back line. However, it was the Red Devils’ own defence in question Wednesday night.

Firstly, Demba Ba was found advantageously alone after a United attack broke down and Harry Maguire and Tuanzebe were absent. The former Newcastle and Chelsea striker ran through and slotted past Dean Henderson.

United’s defence, specifically Luke Shaw, was found wondering as a ball across the United box found Visca completely isolated and able to smash in for the Turkish side’s second.

Martial’s header before half-time brought hope but was not built upon as Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side suffered their first UCL defeat of the season. The loss leaves United still top but level on points with RB Leipzig.

With three games to go, if PSG can recover and have Kylian Mbappe and Neymar back after the international break, the group could go to the wire.