Another Andre Onana howler sees Manchester United beaten in emphatic fashion by Galatasaray. The loss leaves United rock bottom of Group A in the Champions League.
The game followed a pattern that United fans will have grown accustomed to this season. A perfectly weighted cross from Marcus Rashford that found the head of Rasmus Hojlund put the home side ahead. However, in no time at all, Wilfried Zaha bullied Diogo Dalot to level the score. United battled on in the first half and looked the most likely but the two sides went into the break with a goal each.
In the second half, just when it seemed Erik ten Hag’s men had it all figured out it all came crashing down in an instant. Rasmus Hojlund scored his second of the game with a powerful run from the halfway line and took the finish well to put the Reds ahead. But like clockwork, United had conceded an equaliser at the other end. United were rocked by Galatasaray’s response and no one embodied that more than Onana who’s wayward pass forced Casemiro to commit and concede a penalty. Casemiro’s foul meant a second yellow for the Brazilian and left United with 10 men. Luckily Mauro Icardi missed his penalty but minutes later the Argentine striker redeemed himself, chipping Onana to score Gala’s third.
Here’s how each player performed with a rating out of 10:
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Andre Onana: 2
Onana is becoming a p[roblem that no United fan expected him to be. Brought in for his ability on the ball, United have yet to benefit from his passing ability. Tonight he let the team down once again and after the debacle vs Bayern, we can’t help but be concerned.
Diogo Dalot: 4
Dalot had a torrid time marking Zaha for the opening goal but outside of that he did manage to keep the winger quiet.
Raphael Varane: 3
From poor passes to failing to properly cover for his full back, the Frenchman was partly to blame for United’s poor defensive display.
Victor Lindelof: 4
A better performance than his centre-back partner but the Swedish international still failed to impose himself on the game. Lindelof still lacks a presence and that’s amplified when the team is performing badly at the back.
Sofyan Amrabat: 4
Amrabat was one of United’s better performers until Galatasaray’s two goals that secured them the victory. You have to have some sympathy for the Moroccan international who finds himself at left-back amidst an injury crisis. But for the first, he’s caught out of position and for the second his hopeful ball upfield was intercepted.
The quintessential mixed bag from the Brazilian midfielder. On one hand, his speed of play played a huge part in the opening goal and getting United forward. On the other, his play conceded possession and broke down a number of attacks. His sending-off was unfortunate.
Hannibal Mejbri: 5
Hannibal only played 45 minutes but played them well. He showed great energy and looked up for the game. He was substituted at half-time rather unfairly.Embed from Getty Images
Mason Mount: 6
Mount was one of the few positives on the night. In one of his most assured performances in Red, he looked after the ball well. United’s no.7 was even unlucky not to come away with a goal.
Bruno Fernandes: 3
Bruno Fernandes’ display was just unacceptable. As captain and as chief creator, these are the games he needs to take by the scruff of the neck but it was another game where he failed to show up.
Marcus Rashford: 4
Rashford showed some signs that he can step up his performances this season with a great assist for Hojlund’s opener. However, decision-making is still a major issue for him. The forward had the chance to put United clear in the game but made the wrong decision at a vital moment. That moment in turn probably cost us the game.Embed from Getty Images
Rasmus Hojlund: 8
Hojlund was United’s best player by far. On the ball, he was strong and looked after the ball well in a way a centre forward should and he took both his goals well.
Christian Eriksen: 6
United being in the ascendancy in the early stages of the second half had a lot to do with Eriksen. However, when Galatasaray upped the ante, it was clear the intensity was a touch too much.
Alejandro Garnacho: 5
Anthony Martial: N/a