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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.
35-year-old Demba Ba scores against Manchester United on a one-man counter-attack...
Yes, this really happened pic.twitter.com/YCDqlFqbyj
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 4, 2020
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.
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.
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.
Bruno Fernandes vs Basaksehir:
73.8% pass accuracy
63.5% final third passes completed
34 times he lost possession
1/4 shots on target
7/14 long balls completed
0/6 crosses completed
0 chances created#IBFKMUN
- StatmanBains (@StatmanBains) November 4, 2020
As good as Bruno Fernandes was during Project Restart, he's been so ineffective this season -- too often trying to play the Hollywood pass or a ridiculous flick and giving the ball away when a simple pass would suffice. Compare that with Van de Beek's efficiency under pressure.
- Zach Lowy (@ZachLowy) November 4, 2020
Bruno Fernandes is becoming a problem. He's not a 10. And Ole doesn't have the balls to drop him. 17 times he lost the ball in that half
- Saeed :sparkles: (@Realist_187) November 4, 2020
"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.
"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."
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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