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(Başakşehir-Manchester United 2-1) Ole Gunnar Solskjær had to see that the defense was completely gone twice when Turkish Başakşehir inflicted a humiliating loss on Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Anthony Martial’s reduction just before the break was the guests’ only consolation in the 2-1 match.

Solskjær had made six changes from the starting line-up against Arsenal this weekend. Out went David De Gea, Victor Lindelöf, Fred, Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay and Mason Greenwood.

Goalkeeper Dean Henderson had previously only played against Luton and Brighton, but it was not his fault that it was a setback.

United impressed in their first two Champions League matches: 2-1 over Paris Saint-Germain and 5-0 over RB Leipzig. But the team came to the Istanbul match from a 0-1 loss to Arsenal at home at Old Trafford, where Paul Pogba made an unnecessary penalty kick.

1-0 until the Turks came in a strange way. Manchester United had a corner, and the midfielders had taken the trip to the opponents’ goal area. But the ball ended up with Basaksehir captain Edin Visca, who saw that Demba Ba was alone – on his own half of the field. Thus, Visca could send a long pass and the former Chelsea player ran from Nemanja Matic, who was the back outside player then. Alone with goalkeeper Dean Henderson, Demba Ba showed his goal-scoring qualities.

– A shocking goal, stated Morten Langli in Viasat studio.

Edin Visca even made it 2-0 after United had lost the ball in their own half of the field. Demba Ba was brilliant as he let the post from Deniz Türüç pass and the ball ended up with far better placed Visca, who thundered in 2-0. Again, the United defense was strangely absent.

Shortly afterwards, Manchester United got the reduction that gave new hope before the second half: Luke Shaw excelled for once on the left wing, and the post headed Anthony Martial acrobatically in goal: 2-1.

The hosts had much bigger problems keeping United out of life in the second half, but the creativity was so-so. The old Liverpool hero Martin Skrtel has turned 35, but still maintains a high level as a midfielder – and was naturally extra excited to hold on to the 2-1 lead against his old “enemy”.

Norwegian Fredrik Gulbrandsen came in for an exhausted Demba Ba just over ten minutes before the end and showed up immediately.

In overtime, the Turks miraculously saved on the line and avoided a draw.


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