Date published: Wednesday 4th November 2020 7:50
Manchester United slipped to an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir after conceding a goal Paul Scholes claimed was from the school yard.
Demba Ba was given the freedom of Istanbul as United left the back door gaping open to allow the former Chelsea man to put the Turkish side in front. They doubled their lead in the first half and even though Anthony Martial headed in before the interval United could not repair the damage in the second half.
Dean Henderson made his Champions League debut.
Having returned in the summer from impressive loan spells at Sheffield United, Wednesday saw the 23-year-old make his third first-team appearance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Axel Tuanzebe made his second start of the season, with Donny Van De Beek coming into midfield and Anthony Martial leading the line in Turkey.
Ex-United full-back Rafael started for Istanbul Basaksehir, who included former Premier League players Martin Skrtel and Demba Ba.
Boli Bolingoli, who is on loan from Celtic, also started for the Turkish champions.
The hosts took the lead after just 13 minutes after woeful defensive play from United.
35-year-old Demba Ba scores against Manchester United on a one-man counter-attack…
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Demba Ba found himself on his own just inside his own half and he raced onto a long ball and slotted the ball past Henderson.
Former United man Scholes said: “It’s Under-10s football. It’s embarrassing.”
Manchester United were again caught napping as Juan Mata gave up possession of the ball all too easily to Deniz Turuc.
He squared for Ba, who dummied it before Edin Visca fired home.
But just two minutes later United halved the deficit with their first shot on target. Luke Shaw’s cross from the left was headed home by Anthony Martial (43).
United dominated proceedings after half-time, but could not break through a congested defence.
Even the introduction of Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba and then Mason Greenwood and Timothy Fosu-Mensah could not halt Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men slipping to a damaging defeat.
Istanbul Basaksehir hadn’t picked up a point from their first two Champions League group games but they took all three against United, who managed 68% possession.