Losing against Galatasaray, Manchester United bottom of group stage

Losing against Galatasaray, Manchester United bottom of group stage

Manchester United’s miserable season continues after suffering a 3-2 home defeat to Galatasaray on Wednesday.

Manchester United was able to take the lead in the 17th minute through Danish striker Rasmus Højlund.

But their lead only lasted less than six minutes when Wilfried Zaha equalized taking advantage of the home team’s poor defending.

After the break, Højlund brilliantly capitalized on a mistake from Galatasaray defender Davinson Sanchez to put United back in front in the 67th minute, but Kerem Akturkoglu equalized four minutes later and silenced Old Trafford.

A mistake by United goalkeeper Andre Onana forced Brazilian midfielder Casemiro into a foul in the penalty area, which saw him sent off after receiving a second yellow card.

Mauro Icardi, who was the kicker, failed to carry out his duties after his kick went wide of Onana’s goal.

But the Argentinian recovered and scored the winner nine minutes from time to send Galatasaray second in the group on four points and leave United without a point.

Bayern Munich are top with six points from two games after a 2-1 win at FC Copenhagen, who are third with one point.

“Our opponents may not be very successful from the outside but they are a good team,” said Galatasaray coach Okan Buruk.

“We have beaten a very tough opponent. This is a big week for Turkish football and of course for us.”

United coach Erik ten Hag added: “The mental mistakes we made, you can’t allow them at this level. You will be punished. It’s difficult to control.

“We are all in this together. We were twice ahead and in control of the game. We expect more together.”

Returning to the Champions League after a year’s absence, United are desperate for three points after losing to Bayern in their Group A opener, having suffered their worst start to the domestic league since 1989-90.

In European competition, they are also looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat, which they have not experienced since 2012-13.

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