ISTANBUL: Manchester United have to pay a high price due to their weak defensive performance when they lost 2-1 in the Champions League against Istanbul Basaksehir just now.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, facing difficulties in the Premier League, started their European campaign in their own style when they beat Paris Saint-Germain and beat 5B RB Leipzig.
But the defeat in Turkey – the first victory of the Champions League group stage for Basaksehir – will add pressure to the Norwegian boss with his lack of inspiration and poor defense in Istanbul.
The result ended their longest winning streak in history – 10 in a row – and their first defeat at home since losing in January in the Premier League.
Solskjaer said United’s performance was “not good enough, facing a team that worked hard and ran.”
“They threatened us a few times, and scored two goals like something happened in Europe when you didn’t defend well enough,” he told BT Sport.
He added: “You can’t play and get three points in the Champions League, and they showed it here today. We’re not good enough, that’s all.”
The three-time European champions’ weakness was exposed when former Chelsea strikers Demba Ba and Edin Visca gave the hosts two early goals.
United gave hope when reducing the deficit just before the first half through a Anthony Martial header.
Despite making some changes in the second half and a streamlined attack, Solskjaer’s squad was unable to get past Basaksehir’s strong defense.