Galatasaray 3-3 Manchester United: Erik ten Hag’s blow up another 2 goals lead in the Champions League
Manchester United were forced to lament blunders once more after being held to a 3-3 draw by Galatasaray in the Champions League. United’s destiny is already out of their hands following a thrilling contest in Turkey. To qualify for the last 16, Erik ten Hag’s team must overcome Bayern Munich at Old Trafford next month and hope for favourable results in two other games.
Manchester United lost a two-goal lead and suffered a big setback in their ambitions of reaching the final 16 of the UEFA Champions League after a frantic 3-3 draw in hostile conditions away to Galatasaray.
The Red Devils led 2-0 and 3-1 in Istanbul, but they have yet to defend substantial advantages in Europe this season, leaving their chances of moving from Group A hanging by a thread.
Erik ten Hag’s side got off to a flying start on a rain-soaked field, thanks to a powerful opening from Alejandro Garnacho, who followed up his wonder-strike against Everton with an exquisite finish on 11 minutes.
Bruno Fernandes set up the visitors’ opening goal of the evening, and the United captain extended their lead only seven minutes later with a magnificent 25-yard strike that sailed into the top corner.
Galatasaray looked dangerous throughout a thrilling first half, and they deservedly cut the deficit when on-loan Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech struck a low free-kick through a divided wall and an unsighted Andre Onana.
The match’s end-to-end dynamic continued after the restart, with Scott McTominay scoring United’s third with a near-post finish on 55 minutes.
However, a blunder by Onana enabled another Ziyech free-kick to go in after the hour mark, before the United custodian was overcome at his near post by a thunderous strike from replacement Kerem Akturkoglu.
Both teams had opportunities to win in an exciting climax, but a modern-day classic may have ended all square.
United now sits at the bottom of the group with four points after five games. Galatasaray is presently in second place with five points, while FC Copenhagen is in third place with four points, ahead of their encounter against Group winners Bayern Munich later today evening.
United will now face Bayern Munich on Matchday 6 on December 6 in the hopes of a little miracle. Galatasaray will go to FC Copenhagen, where second place is still up for grabs.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH – HAKIM ZIYECH (GALATASARAY)