Galatasaray vs Manchester United Player Rating as Red Devils collapse in Istanbul

Galatasaray

Manchester United let two separate two-goal leads slip away to Galatasaray FC, leaving them vulnerable to elimination on the final matchday of UEFA  Champions League .

The atmosphere in the first minutes was sultry, as promised. Manchester United took a while to find their feet and settle into the match.

But finding their feet proved no problem as a slick attack was finished off by Alejandro Garnacho who lofted the ball into the net to grab the visitors’ lead.

Galatasaray felt they should have had a chance to regain parity from the penalty spot minutes later when the ball hit Scott McTominay’s hand, but no penalty was awarded, much to the anger of the home supporters.

It quickly got worse for the visitors when United captain Bruno Fernandes doubled the lead with a sensational strike from distance before the 20th minute.

However, Galatasaray halved their lead before the half-hour mark when Hakim Ziyech appeared to mis-kick André Onan’s free-kick to pull the home side within one.

Manchester United put themselves potentially out of reach again after the break thanks to a brilliant counter-attack finished off by Scott McTominay, who continues his torrid 2023.

However, the drama didn’t end there as André Onana produced an almighty howl and somehow headed another free kick from Hakim Ziyech into his own net.

Galatasaray completed the turnaround in style just minutes later when second-half substitute Muhammed Kerem Aktürkoğlu fired a rasping shot past Onan at his near post.

United had several great chances to grab the win at the end, but heroic defending kept the visitors out. The scintillating draw means Manchester United will need a result against Bayern Munich and hope for results elsewhere to stay alive next time around.

Manchester United Player Rating

Andre Onana 3 – A nightmare for the Cameroonian as he misstepped on the first goal and made it even worse on the second, letting the ball squirm under him. Scorer Hakim Ziyech will thank him.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka 7– An undemanding game where he controlled Zaha well enough defensively and assisted McTominay’s goal with a clever low cross.

Harry Maguire 7 – The renaissance is real and it looks like it’s here to stay. Another strong game with his usual proactive defending, shot blocking and safe passing.

Victor Lindelof 6- Again looked a little outmatched in the physical battles with Icardi and was found to lack his movement but did well enough overall.

Luke Shaw 7- His value in the side is clear to see as he regularly tried to play the ball forward, cutting out attacks with smart tackles and providing new angles with his left footed passes.

Sofyan Amrabat 3 – Another game where it looked like he was too easy to get around and after Mainoo’s performance at the weekend his display looks even more stunning.

Scott McTominay 6.5 – A central midfielder by name as he regularly got forward as a goal threat. Not one that provides composure and ball retention. Good involvement in the build up to United’s first and scored the third himself.

Antony 7 – Up from his recent displays as he acted as a release valve on several occasions from Galatasaray’s pressure with enterprising runs from his own half. Hope for a turning point from here.

Bruno Fernandes 8- A true captain’s display as he scored one goal, assisted another and was all over the pitch in attack, defense and hitting the midfield. Deservedly win the match.

Alejandro Garnacho 7.5 – The hot streak continued with another superb finish, this time with his weaker left foot, a first for United. He also showed a more complete sense of the back tracking game.

Rasmus Hojlund 6.5- He created several good chances for himself and his teammates with a classic central forward play.

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