Manchester United Conceded To Demba Ba After Having Two Men In The Box
Manchester United managed to display a level of defending that was worse than what you seen in Sunday League against İstanbul Başakşehir last night.
And the first goal, conceded just 12 minutes in, was one of the most bizarre sequences you will see in top-level football.
United had a corner and only had two players in the box to begin with. But somehow, around 30 seconds later everyone was within 30 yards of the goal in a truly awful defensive shape.
The goals against us....please tell me someone is going nuts in that changing room and people are being made accountable.- Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) November 4, 2020
The shape of the team when we lose the ball for the 1st goal :scream:#mufc pic.twitter.com/V7aq0rvBYL
The hosts played it long and Demba Ba was left all alone on the halfway line. The nearest man to him was his former Chelsea teammate Nemanja Matic, who isn't exactly blessed with pace.
Ba ran all the way towards goal and slotted past Dean Henderson in the same way he capitalised on Steven Gerrard's slip and famously put Chelsea 1-0 up against Liverpool at Anfield in 2014.
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Counter attacks are of course a common feature of the game and United themselves were the very best at doing it under Sir Alex Ferguson.
But this looked something you'd expect in the 87th minute when the game is stretched and United are searching for that crucial goal.
They've all been caught up the pitch and a simple ball over the top allowed Ba to score.
"It's like under-10s football," United legend Paul Scholes fumed on BT Sport.
"One behind, one in front. You can understand if it's last-minute, maybe, if you're going for a goal, but it's what, 15 minutes?
"It's embarrassing. What the back four are doing, I have no idea."
The second goal wasn't much better, however. Juan Mata was dispossessed and then two opposition players were left unmarked while three United players decided to mark one another.
Man United defending with three right backs last night... Gareth Southgate would be so proud pic.twitter.com/9f2eAsaLB3
- ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) November 5, 2020
Basaksehir skipper Edin Visca extended his side's lead and though Anthony Martial pulled one back instantly, the Turkish outfit held on for their first ever Champions League win.
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