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Bruno Fernandes Lost Possession 34 Times In Tonight's Champions League Clash Against Istanbul Basaksehir

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Bruno Fernandes Lost Possession 34 Times In Tonight's Champions League Clash Against Istanbul Basaksehir

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes lost possession an incredible 34 times during the club's Champions League defeat against Istanbul Basaksehir.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat in Turkey on Wednesday night after a series of defensive gaffs.

Former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba opened the scoring after being left completely unmarked in his own half. The 35-year-old ran the length of the pitch and soon slotted home past a helpless Dean Henderson in goal.

Edin Visca then made it 2-0 on the 40 minute mark after yet more poor defending from the likes of Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw.

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Although the Reds managed to get one back before half-time through an Anthony Martial header, Solskjaer's team looked lethargic and bereft of ideas in the second period.

And one man who summed up United's performance was Bruno Fernandes; a player Solskjaer has often relied upon since arriving from Sporting in January.

The Portuguese midfielder has, without doubt, been the club's stand out player in the past year or so but it was a far from eye-catching performance at the Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadium.

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He could only manage one shot on target throughout the tie and remarkably, lost possession 34 times in total - a shocking stat considering his usual high standards.

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Fernandes' poor performance against Istanbul Basaksehir comes just days after former Manchester United assistant manager Steve McClaren picked up on his body language in recent weeks.

"I've been watching Bruno Fernandes and he's disappointed." McLaren told talkSPORT.

"He's disappointed because he's been taken out of the middle and he's out on the right-hand side.

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"I saw it last week against Newcastle, when he went out wide, and I'm seeing it again now. His body language is not good, he's not getting involved.

"He needs to be in the game and on that right-hand side he's not moving from there, he's got to move from there, he's got to get his head up and get back into the game and affect the game."

Image: PA
Image: PA

It must not be forgotten that Fernandes has, at times, been in fine form so far this season but this recent dip may just concern some United supporters.

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Topics: Bruno Fernandes, Football News, Football, Manchester United, Champions League

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