Manchester United were downed by Fernerbahçe in Istanbul last night as the Red Devils gave a pitiful and lifeless display in Turkey for their Europa League encounter. Their lack of threat in the final third undermined their dominance in possession, while Fernerbahçe scored two quality goals to put the game to bed before the Red Devils could grab a very late consolation.
United were caught napping in the early minutes, as Sow produced a superb overhead kick on the 2nd minute itself from Kaldirim’s cross, and De Gea could do nothing as the ball looped over him and went in. United were then lucky not to concede a penalty as Schneiderlin took out Lens just near the edge of the box, resulting in a yellow card for the United man in the process. United were having all the difficulties in the world to create a goal-worthy opportunity, but despite having Rooney, Martial and Rashford, followed shortly by Zlatan as well after Pogba hobbled off, the Red Devils could not muster a shot on target till half-time, while on the other end, Fernerbahçe were relying on quick counters to trouble the United backline, but not hitting the target as well. Emotions almost boiled over near half-time, as Zlatan and Rooney got involved with some Fernerbahçe players after Rooney was adjudged to have committed a foul, while Zlatan had elbowed another player soon after in an attempt to protect the ball.
The second half saw Fernerbahçe leave the possession to United again, but the Turks doubled their lead just before the hour mark thru Lens, as he curled in a 25-yard freekick into the right-hand corner, with De Gea left helpless yet again. United were lucky not to be 3-goals down when substitute Emenike went one-on-one with De Gea, but his poor touch allowed the latter to make the save. Rooney eventually managed to get a consolation on the 89th minute, as he rifled a shot from about 30-yards into the top-left corner. It was too late however, and Fernerbahçe held on to their lead to claim the 3 points, while Mourinho was left standing clueless yet again and will leave us thinking whether Chelsea were not right when they supposed sacked him, while United’s management went for him in a desperate attempt to get LVG out, and United are now finding themselves in almost the same situation as the Blues when Mourinho was managing them last season.