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Istanbul Basaksehir 2-1 Man Utd: Demba Ba, Edin Visca, Anthony Martial score

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Demba Ba
Demba Ba scored his fourth career goal against Manchester United

Manchester United suffered a chastening night after conceding an embarrassing opening goal as they were humbled by Champions League rookies Istanbul Basaksehir.

Basaksehir, formed only in 1990, claimed their maiden Turkish Super Lig title last season and had not scored a goal or claimed a point in their opening two games in the competition.

They could not have wished for an easier way to get off the mark as United’s defence went missing, allowing former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba to run clear from the halfway line and fire past Dean Henderson.

United’s defensive efforts for the second goal were almost as bad, Deniz Turuc dispossessing Juan Mata and finding Edin Visca in acres of space in the box to smash home.

The visitors were given hope when Anthony Martial headed in from a Luke Shaw cross two minutes before the interval, but they could not salvage a result in a shabby second half showing, Basaksehir picking up a famous victory.

Slow and ponderous United punished

United’s 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Tottenham last month looked to be the low point in their season, picking up three victories and a draw after that result.

But they were desperately poor in the defeat by Arsenal on Sunday and this was another feeble showing which piles the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Like much of the Norwegian’s reign, United seem to build momentum and then throw in dreadful performances, with the inevitable questions likely to come about his suitability for the job.

United finished third last season and the need of a new centre-back was clearly obvious but they failed to make the addition in the transfer window, the fragility once again exploited in Istanbul.

On an uncomfortable night, Ba’s goal was humiliating and Visca’s effort to double the lead proved to be enough as the hosts held on.

Goalkeeper Henderson has been restricted to Carabao Cup appearances but despite not being at fault for either goal, his first major game for United was a forgetful one.

The visitors should have netted more but Danijel Aleksic’s header was straight at Henderson, while Visca flashed a shot narrowly over.

Although Martial pulled a goal back and Bruno Fernandes saw a free-kick comfortably saved by Mert Gunok, United never really looked like scoring in the second period as their passing was often slow and ponderous against a side happy to sit back and soak up the pressure.

United won their opening two group games in impressive fashion against Paris St-Germain and RB Leipzig, but now have work to do to reach the knockout stages after their third straight loss in the Turkish city.

First goal like ‘under-10s football’

Basaksehir’s first goal deserved a section of its own, as it was utterly astounding.

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes described it as “under-10s football”, while ex-United man Owen Hargreaves said he had “never seen a goal like it”.

United had a corner which they played short and took their time getting into the box, the ball eventually dropped loose and allowed Visca to look up and punt a long pass upfield.

With United’s defence deserting their duties, Ba had a one-on-one with Henderson from the halfway line, before coolly rolling in Basaksehir’s first ever goal in the competition.

United fans have sang about Ba in the terraces since 2014, when he burst through at Anfield to score the goal from Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip, but he returned to punish them on this occasion.

In fact, looking at the image below, you can see just how far Ba ran from to score, and the mess that United had got themselves in.

All in all, another miserable result for United.

Demba Ba
Man Utd had no player anywhere close to their half of the pitch, allowing Ba a clear run at Henderson

What next?

After suffering back-to-back defeats United now have what looks like a must-win game against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday (kick-off 12:30 GMT), just before the international break.

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Istanbul Basaksehir

  1. Squad number34Player nameGünok

  2. Squad number4Player nameRafael

  3. Squad number37Player nameSkrtel

  4. Squad number6Player nameEpureanu

  5. Squad number63Player nameBolingoli-Mbombo

  6. Squad number8Player nameAleksic

  7. Squad number17Player nameKahveci

  8. Squad number7Player nameVisca

  9. Squad number10Player nameÖzcan

  10. Squad number23Player nameTürüç

  11. Squad number19Player nameBa

  1. Squad number5Player nameTopal

  2. Squad number22Player nameGulbrandsen

  3. Squad number26Player nameCarlos Ponck


Istanbul Basaksehir

  • 34Günok
  • 4Pereira da Silva
  • 37SkrtelBooked at 89mins
  • 6Epureanu
  • 63Bolingoli-Mbombo
  • 8Aleksic
  • 17KahveciSubstituted fordos Santos Rodriguesat 90′minutes
  • 7Visca
  • 10ÖzcanSubstituted forTopalat 87′minutes
  • 23Türüç
  • 19BaSubstituted forGulbrandsenat 80′minutes


  • 1Babacan
  • 5Topal
  • 13Kivanç
  • 20de Paula
  • 22Gulbrandsen
  • 26dos Santos Rodrigues
  • 77Kaplan
  • 89Karakus

Man Utd

  • 26Henderson
  • 29Wan-BissakaSubstituted forFosu-Mensahat 76′minutes
  • 38TuanzebeBooked at 20minsSubstituted forMcTominayat 45′minutes
  • 5Maguire
  • 23Shaw
  • 34van de BeekSubstituted forPogbaat 61′minutes
  • 31Matic
  • 8MataSubstituted forCavaniat 61′minutes
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 10RashfordSubstituted forGreenwoodat 76′minutes
  • 9Martial


  • 1de Gea
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 6Pogba
  • 7Cavani
  • 11Greenwood
  • 17Fred
  • 21James
  • 24Fosu-Mensah
  • 25Ighalo
  • 33Williams
  • 39McTominay
  • 43Mengi

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