‘When they perform to this standard they look a very poor side’: Dion Dublin savages shocking Manchester United after defeat by Istanbul Basaksehir and says first half showing in Turkey was their WORST ‘for three of four years’
- Manchester United fell to a poor Champions League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir
- Demba Ba and Edin Visca both scored before the break to pile on the pressure
- Anthony Martial’s header proved to be a mere consolation for a limp United side
- Dion Dublin has slammed their performance in a savage opinion of the clash
Demba Ba’s superb solo effort in the first half, combined with Edin Visca’s venomous strike, has firmly piled the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a miserable evening in Turkey.
While co-commentating for BBC Radio 5 Live, Dublin even insisted that United’s showing before the interval was their worst for ‘three or four years’.
Manchester United fell to a limp 2-1 defeat at Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League
Dion Dublin has savaged the performance of United and slated the players’ body language
He said: ‘That was a really poor performance from Man United. I’m hoping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will stick the players in a room and make them watch that performance and then say “right what did you think of that?”.
‘There’s just too much walking about, the body language isn’t great from the players.
‘I’ve seen individuals play very well and they look incredible but when they all perform to this standard they look a very poor side and they did tonight.
United were brought back down to earth despite a perfect start to life in a difficult Group H
‘The first half was possibly the worst performance I’ve seen from a Man United team for three or four years.’
United made the 3,322-mile round trip to Istanbul off the back of a perfect start to life in Group H.
Wins over last season’s finalists Paris Saint-Germain and Bundesliga giants RB Leipzig had lightened the mood at the club following a poor start to their league campaign.
But the battling performance from Basaksehir, spurred on by a small but vocal group of supporters, forced United to crash back down to earth.
Demba Ba, the former Newcastle and Chelsea frontman, netted the opener with a solo effort
Basaksehir’s shock lead was then doubled before the break with Edin Visca crashing home
Anthony Martial gave the visitors a glimmer of hope after guiding a free header into the far corner, but United’s pressure in the second half ended in more frustration.
Old Trafford great Paul Scholes is also among those to have criticised his former side, likening their shaky defending to ‘Under 10s football’.
The manner in which Ba opened the scoring, an unchallenged dash down the field after a long punt forward, left the iconic midfielder baffled.
‘Surely you always have someone back on the halfway line, they’re pointing at Matic. You’re always goalside, it’s like Under 10s football,’ Scholes told BT Sport at half time.
Despite largely dominating the second half, United were unable to muster the elusive equaliser
Paul Scholes even slammed his former club’s defending for the first goal as ‘Under 10s football’
‘You can understand if it’s last minute but it’s the first 10 minutes, it’s embarrassing.
‘They’ve struggled with them attacking wise, they’ve gone with one holding player today. Defensively they’re all over the place.
‘The defenders have to be better, forward play could be better as well. Defensively they’ve got to take responsibility, you have to defend one-on-one sometimes when you’re at Manchester United they seem incapable of doing it.’