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Player Ratings: Istanbul Basaksehir 2-1 Manchester United

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The bad, the ugly, and the whatever is worse than ugly

Istanbul Basaksehir v Manchester United: Group H - UEFA Champions League Photo by Ahmad Mora/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Starters

Dean Henderson: 5/10

Neither goal is on him and didn’t have anything to do otherwise.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka: 3/10

Got caught on the first goal being too adventurous and his poor cross lead to a break the other way. Manchester United’s forwards don’t help him out but that doesn’t change the fact that his delivery in the final third was poor.

Axel Tuanzebe: 3/10

As great as he was against PSG, he was that mediocre in Istanbul. Probably a little harsh to be the halftime scapegoat.

Harry Maguire: 3/10

Got fooled on the dummy for the second goal but what’s he supposed to do? Let that player get the ball? Spent the last 10 minutes playing as an emergency striker which is very much not his game.

Luke Shaw: 5/10

Over the past five games no United player has created more chances than Shaw. Put in some dangerous crosses in the first half and one was finally converted. In the second half he was asked to cross again and again, that’s not his game and it’s no surprise it didn’t work.

Nemanja Matić: 4/10

Something is not right with Matić. He’s made five starts this season and has only been good in one of them.

Donny van de Beek: 5/10

Kept possession well but lacked too many incisive passes. Was brought in to bring some creativity to the midfield and didn’t do that while also leaving Matić exposed a bit too often.

Marcus Rashford: 2/10

When are we gonna start talking about his tendency to disappear against teams that sit deep?

Bruno Fernandes: 2/10

Was given tons of freedom tonight and played like it — so much so that it didn’t seem like he was on the same page as any of his teammates. Put Mata in a really bad spot for the second goal. For a player who’s usually pretty trigger happy (for better or worse) he oddly passed up a lot of half decent shooting opportunities.

Juan Mata: 2/10

Not his night. Pace is always the concern with him so once he lost the ball on that second goal you knew it was over.

Anthony Martial: 5/10

Good news: A good center forward’s goal, scoring with his head. Bad news: Seems to have forgotten how to play his hybrid center forward/false 9 role. His linkup play against PSG and Leipzig was fantastic but tonight it wasn’t there, stalling United’s buildup.

Substitutes

Scott McTominay: 5/10

Based on all his previous performances against teams that sit deep you couldn’t expect him to have an impact and he didn’t. Oddly was moved to right back for the final 10 minutes.

Paul Pogba: 5/10

Showed more ambition than all of his teammates and wasn’t afraid to ‘try shit.’ It’s just that none of it came off.

Edinson Cavani: 3/10

Barely realized he was on the pitch. Did he get any service? No, but center forwards these days have to do more than just stand in the box and expect the ball to get to them.

Mason Greenwood: N/A

Didn’t have any impact.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah: N/A

Aaron Wan-Bissaka was not the answer going forward but the very much non-attack minded Fosu-Mensah being his replacement was certainly an odd choice given Brandon Williams and even Daniel James were on the bench.

Manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 1/10

It continues to be baffling how Solskjaer can come out with perfect game plans against PSG and Leipzig and follow that up by looking clueless against Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir. The bigger concern is United’s attack, which for the third time in the last four games finished with an xG under 1. United have only had two matches this year with a non-penalty xG over a goal, Newcastle and the opening day loss to Crystal Palace.

While the goals may have come from individual mistakes, Solskjaer’s substitutions were downright bizarre. Bringing on McTominay against a deep defense? Moving Matić to center back when Lindelöf was on the bench? The very defensive and with very little attacking ability Fosu-Mensah coming on when you’re searching for a goal? This is starting to look like a man out of ideas.