On Tuesday night, Manchester United lost in the Champions League for the second time in a row after falling to Galatasaray 3-2 at home.
At Old Trafford, Rasmus Hojlund scored two outstanding goals either side of halftime to give Erik ten Hag’s team a 2-0 lead. However, terrible defence allowed Wilfried Zaha and Kerem Aktürkolu to equalize.
Following a horrible pass from Andre Onana, Casemiro gave away a penalty, reducing United to 10 men; however, Mauro Icardi pulled his shot wide. Shortly later, the Galatasaray striker calmly scored the game’s winning goal by slipping a beautiful attempt past the Reds goalkeeper.
Here are the moments you missed from United’s latest trying night.
The Galatasaray supporters, who had been loudly yelling throughout the day in Manchester’s city center, carried their legendary energy to Old Trafford’s away corner. They had filled their section early, so during warm-ups they chanted and danced nonstop.
In addition, Okan Buruk’s players were determined to make as much noise as possible. One player at a time would jog towards the other end while making a motion that appeared to be flogging a horse. What it did was energize the enthusiastic throng, which caused them to chant even louder as a result.
Fernandes is upset.
Despite a sloppy pass from Onana, which allowed the opposition to recover the ball and advance, United had a strong start to the game and was moving the ball around quite well. Bruno Fernandes, who has never been one to hide his feelings, didn’t make an effort to disguise his anger over the terrible pass.
The United captain was terrible that night, but Onana was one of the few players he could legitimately be upset with. The Cameroon national team player’s sloppy pass was a portent of things to come, and he was responsible for Casemiro’s red card penalty by delivering a pass straight to Dries Mertens.
Onana struggled throughout the game, flapping at a cross that skidded off the ground and falling to the ground way too soon, allowing Icardi to float a very feeble dink over his head and into the goal.
At Old Trafford, Galatasaray’s supporters weren’t the only ones raising the temperature; even their analytical team working near the gantry got caught up in the drama. All were having fun as if they were spectators with laptops, and one had a tripod set up on his desk to record a tactical viewpoint of the game.
The small group of analysts in the press box did not attempt to hide their emotions when Zaha scored their first equalizer, intimidating Diogo Dalot before a scuffed shot looped over Onana. And when Icardi scored the winning goal, there was complete chaos.
Rashford being called by Antony
For the opening goal, Marcus Rashford demonstrated just how lethal he can be by perfectly timing his run and directing a brilliant cross onto Hojlund’s head. On a personal level, it was a fantastic start, but sadly, the game did not progress well.
When the 25-year-old again beat the high line and raced through on goal in the second half, his confidence crisis was summed perfectly. It would have ensured a goal last season, but Rashford dragged his feet before failing to square a straightforward pass for Fernandes, who would have had an open net.
From that point on, it was really difficult, and the breaking point came when a wayward Christian Eriksen pass flew over his head. Rashford’s head was down, so Antony, who was still warming up, had to try to motivate his buddy for one last push. Within a short period of time, he was replaced.
Set back Buruk
When Galatasaray was given a penalty with 12 minutes remaining, they had the opportunity to clinch a crucial victory. Casemiro was sent off and given a spot-kick after his reckless lunge caused Onana’s poor ball to fall directly to Mertens.
Apart from Galatasaray manager Buruk, who was joking and conversing with the fourth official as the referee blew his whistle, everyone at Old Trafford held their breath as Icardi had the ball on the spot. The Turkish manager was extremely relaxed the entire evening and appeared to be taking pleasure in the drama.