Galatasaray 3-3 Man Utd: Red Devils suffer Champions League setback in Turkey

Players look on as the ball bounces beyond Andre Onana
Manchester United have won just one of their five games in the Champions League this season

Manchester United’s Champions League hopes suffered another setback as a horror show from goalkeeper Andre Onana allowed Galatasaray to earn a draw in a classic match in Istanbul.

Erik ten Hag’s side did so much right and twice held a two-goal lead but errors from Onana threw Galatasaray lifelines to leave United bottom of Group A with their hopes of reaching the knockout phase in the balance before their final game at home to Bayern Munich.

If Copenhagen beat Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena later on Wednesday, Manchester United will be knocked out of the competition with a game to spare, although they could still qualify for the Europa League.

United, as they did in their last Champions League game in Copenhagen, were in a commanding position early on after superb strikes from Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes inside the first 18 minutes.

Onana’s poor attempt to stop Hakim Ziyech’s free-kick put Galatasaray back in contention before half-time but United looked to have gained control again in a hostile atmosphere when Scott McTominay turned in Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross 10 minutes after the break to make it 3-1.

However Ziyech was gifted a second goal from another free-kick after second blunder from Onana, who made a hapless attempt to keep the ball out, before Galatasaray substitute Kerem Akturkoglu’s explosive finish brought them level with 19 minutes left.

In a dramatic end-to-end finale, Wilfried Zaha missed a glorious chance for Galatasaray and Fernandes struck the upright as United’s Champions League destiny was taken out of their own hands.

Man Utd left to lament Onana blunders

United saw history repeat itself – and not in a good way – as they were left to regret squandering yet another strong Champions League position to leave their hopes of reaching the last 16 in serious jeopardy.

They ended up losing 4-3 in Copenhagen after scoring two early goals to assume control and this time the finger of blame must be pointed towards goalkeeper Onana, who understandably looked disconsolate as the final whistle sounded on a stormy night on the pitch and overhead in Istanbul.

United were looking composed with those early goals from Garnacho – with another spectacular finish to add to his moment of genius at Everton – and Fernandes, before Onana got his positioning hopelessly wrong to allow Ziyech’s routine free-kick to slide in after 29 minutes.

So much of United’s work on the night was good though, and they responded well when McTominay slid in their third.

Only Onana will know what he was doing with his attempt to keep out another Ziyech free-kick just after the hour mark, the keeper merely helping his straightforward delivery into the net, to give Galatasaray the impetus for Akturkoglu’s blistering equaliser.

In a chaotic conclusion, both sides went for the winner that could have proved vital and it was incredible there was not a winner given the number of opportunities.

United, at the end, were once again left to regret their failure to see out a game they were in command of, with another poor display from the goalkeeper they signed from Inter Milan principally at fault.

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  1. Squad number1Player nameMuslera

  2. Squad number93Player nameBoey

  3. Squad number23Player nameAyhan

  4. Squad number42Player nameBardakci

  5. Squad number3Player nameAngelino

  6. Squad number34Player nameTorreira

  7. Squad number91Player nameNdombélé

  8. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

  9. Squad number10Player nameMertens

  10. Squad number14Player nameZaha

  11. Squad number9Player nameIcardi

  1. Squad number7Player nameAktürkoglu

  2. Squad number8Player nameDemirbay

  3. Squad number25Player nameNelsson

  4. Squad number27Player nameSérgio Oliveira

  5. Squad number53Player nameYilmaz

Manchester United

  1. Squad number9Player nameMartial
  2. Squad number20Player nameDiogo Dalot
  3. Squad number28Player namePellistri
  4. Squad number37Player nameMainoo



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Muslera
  • 93BoeyBooked at 42mins
  • 23AyhanBooked at 53mins
  • 42Bardakci
  • 3AngelinoSubstituted forNelssonat 83′minutes
  • 34Torreira
  • 91NdombéléSubstituted forOliveiraat 60′minutes
  • 22ZiyechSubstituted forYilmazat 82′minutes
  • 10MertensSubstituted forAktürkogluat 60′minutes
  • 14ZahaSubstituted forDemirbayat 88′minutes
  • 9Icardi


  • 7Aktürkoglu
  • 8Demirbay
  • 19Güvenç
  • 20Tetê
  • 25Nelsson
  • 27Oliveira
  • 53Yilmaz
  • 88Karatas
  • 94Bakambu

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Onana
  • 29Wan-BissakaBooked at 64minsSubstituted forDalotat 78′minutes
  • 5Maguire
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 23ShawBooked at 59mins
  • 39McTominay
  • 4S AmrabatBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMainooat 58′minutes
  • 21Antony
  • 8Bruno FernandesBooked at 27mins
  • 17GarnachoSubstituted forPellistriat 78′minutes
  • 11HøjlundSubstituted forMartialat 58′minutes


  • 1Bayindir
  • 9Martial
  • 15Reguilón
  • 19Varane
  • 20Dalot
  • 22Heaton
  • 28Pellistri
  • 37Mainoo
  • 44Gore
  • 46Mejbri
  • 52Hugill

José María Sánchez Martínez

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Source: BBC News

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