Man Utd-omstredenheid as Galatasaray-doel in die Champions League-trekking 'moes nie gestaan ​​het nie' | Sokker | Sport

Man Utd-omstredenheid as Galatasaray-doel in die Champions League-trekking 'moes nie gestaan ​​het nie' | Sokker | Sport

Manchester United‘s thrilling draw with Galatasaray was hit with controversy after the final whistle as it was claimed that one of the goals should not have been allowed to stand. The Red Devils surrendered an early lead to draw in Istanbul, with six goals shared equally between the two teams in a highly chaotic match.

Hakim Ziyech was the star of the show for Galatasaray, with the former Chelsea winger scoring two free kicks to fire his side back into the contest. However, replays showed that his first strike was lucky to be allowed to stand due to a couple of Galatasaray players standing too close to United’s four-man wall.

Two attackers were clearly positioned right next to the wall before the ball was kicked, with bein Sport suggesting that Ziyech’s goal should have been chalked off as a result. The rules state that if three or more defending players form a wall, all attacking players must remain at least one metre from the wall until the ball is in play.

Galatasaray went on to rescue a hard-earned point, with Kerem Akturkoglu grabbing the equaliser in the 71st minute after Alejandro Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay had scored for United. The result left the Red Devils on the brink of Champions League elimination after winning just one of their five group-stage matches this season.

Much of the blame for the result was at the feet of Andre Onana, who had two moments to forget in another shambolic performance between the sticks. He allowed Ziyech’s second free kick to wriggle underneath his body and over the line before being caught out of position when Akturkoglu fired home to beat the United stopper at his near post.

Erik ten Hag took full responsibility in his post-match interview, though, with the Dutchman insisting that such results are not acceptable if United are serious about performing well in the Champions League. He went on to criticise his defenders for struggling to deliver under the weight of pressure but stopped short of naming Onana in spite of his lacklustre individual showing.

« It’s always me, I am responsible for this, » the United boss told TNT Sport. « We know we are in a project. We are making improvements so that’s very hopeful. We are going in the right direction so I know we will be successful in the long-term but if you want to stay in the Champions League you need to win these games.

« We were winning and then we’re losing it. We should have taken three points, that’s clear. We did this in other games. I was pleased with how we played but at the same time I have to criticise the team because the defending is not good enough. We are leading 3-1 and we cannot afford mistakes as it makes a difference. »

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