Manchester United on brink of another Champions League exit after Galatasaray draw

The Red Devils had a two-goal lead twice in the game but failed to hold on to it

By Web Desk
November 30, 2023
Bruno Fernandes scored a stunner from outside the box but his efforts went in vain as United failed to keep their lead. — AFP

Manchester United are on the verge of witnessing another UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage exit after a 3-3 draw against Galatasaray at RAMS Park, Turkey, on Wednesday (November 29).

Despite a great start courtesy of early strikes from Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes, the Red Devils couldn’t carry the same momentum at the back and conceded a goal from Hakim Ziyech in the 29th minute. The first half ended with United leading 2-1.

Erik ten Hag’s men scored one more in the 55th minute with midfielder Scott McTominay hitting the net, extending United’s lead once again to two goals.

However, a poor display from their defence and especially goalkeeper Andre Onana saw them conceding two late goals which dented their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages of UCL.

Ten Hag talked to the press after his team blew a two-goal twice in the game and held himself responsible for the defeat.

“It's always me [who is to blame for throwing away leads]. I am responsible for this, but also know we are in a project,” the Dutchman told TNT Sports.

“We are in the right direction, so I know where we have to go and which steps we have to take and I'm sure we will be successful in the long term.

“If we want to stay in the Champions League, we have to win the next game.”

United bottling a two-goal lead didn’t happen the first time. In their previous UCL match against Copenhagen, they conceded two late goals in the game and eventually lost 4-3.

Man United have scored 12 goals in Group A, which is the most, but still they are on the bottom of the points table and their chances of playing the Round of 16 of the league are on thin ice.

United have four points in five matches, they don’t just need to beat in-form Bayern Munich but also pray that Galatasaray vs Copenhagen ends in a draw because a win for either team would send them to the Europa League, should they beat Bayern.