‘We did everything wrong’: Bruno Fernandes slams Manchester United’s lack of ‘intensity’ in their dismal Champions League defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir as the midfielder admits the team ‘can do much better’
- Manchester United were stunned by Istanbul Basaksehir in a 2-1 defeat in Turkey
- Midfielder Bruno Fernandes admitted ‘everything went wrong’ for the team
- He insisted they could ‘do much better’ as they bid to overturn their poor form
- The Red Devils have struggled this season, with three Premier League losses
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes has admitted ‘everything went wrong’ in their shock 2-1 Champions League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir and called on his team-mates to bounce back from their poor run of form.
The Red Devils continued their season of struggle with a poor showing against the Turkish outfit, who are in their first ever season of Europe’s elite competition, with Demba Ba capitalising on a bizarre mix-up at the back to slot home early in the game, before Edin Visca put them two goals up.
Anthony Martial‘s strike before half-time turned out to be a consolation as the team failed to mount a comeback, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer facing increasing pressure over his position at Old Trafford.
Bruno Fernandes hit out at Man United’s lack of intensity in their loss to Istanbul Basaksehir
He admitted the team ‘did everything wrong’ as they slumped to a shock defeat in Turkey
Fernandes, one of the standout players for United since his £68million move from Sporting Lisbon in January, said the game was a worst-case scenario situation for the players, criticising the team’s intensity – insisting they ‘can do much better’.
‘Everything goes wrong, we did everything wrong,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘The intensity was not good since the beginning of the game. They found a goal early and, after, the game was complicated for us. We tried until the end but the problem was [that] I think we came later into the game.
‘We can do much better; everyone feels that. We know we can’t concede goals like that, but now it’s time to look [at] what we did wrong, to make it better in the next game.’
It added to their struggles this season with the Red Devils unable to produce consistent results
It was a poor showing from Fernandes in particular, as he gave the ball away an astonishing 34 times – meaning the Portuguese playmaker gifted possession more than once every three minutes.
It will be a tough next game for United as they travel to Everton, who had led the Premier League table for most of the season before a slight dip in form.
United are currently 15th in the league after just seven points from six games, and they had been boosted by some positive performances in Europe before they slumped to defeat on Wednesday night.
Fernandes said it was not time to panic and pointed out that the team had picked up good recent results – including a 2-1 victory against PSG and a 5-0 win over Leipzig – as he insisted United were still ‘in a good position’.
Boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now under increasing pressure with the team failing to sparkle
‘We need to look: one week ago, everyone was talking about we’re going well, we’re doing amazing games. We won against Newcastle, we won against Paris, we beat Leipzig. We draw against Chelsea in one game when we can win.
‘This game was important for us – winning the game to be comfortable in the table. Of course, making one or a few points again we [would have almost] passed [qualified from] the group. But now it’s the same.
‘We are in a good position. We need to do the same: going for every game, trying to win, and it will not be different in the Champions League.’
Fernandes said it was important to remember that United had picked up good recent results
‘Of course, in the league we are not in a good position – we all know that. We need to do much better, and we need to do something more than say “do something in the next game” because it will be a difficult game for us. Our focus now needs to be already there.’
United were beaten 1-0 at home to Arsenal in their last league game, extending their winless run at Old Trafford this season, which also saw them thrashed 6-1 by Tottenham.
After their latest defeat, Solskjaer is now the favourite in the Premier League sack race, moving ahead of Fulham’s Scott Parker and West Brom’s Slaven Bilic.