Manchester United’s dismal 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir was the club’s “worst performance for three or four years”.
That’s the view of former United striker Dion Dublin, who questioned the body language of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s players, after they fell to another damaging loss.
After winning their first pair of Champions League games, hopes were high that they would be able to take firm control of the group with a win over the weakest team in their section.
But two goals, resulting from embarrassing defensive lapses allowed the Turkish side to go two up in the first half and despite an Anthony Martial goal, they were unable to regain parity.
The result piles even more pressure on the beleaguered Solskjaer, with the clamour for him to lose his job at Old Trafford growing with every negative result.
And following the game, Dublin criticised his old team, claiming they looked a “very poor” side and accused too many United players of walking around during the defeat.
“That was a really poor performance from Man United,” he told BBC.
“I’m hoping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will stick the players in a room and make them watch that performance and then say ‘right what did you think of that?’.
“There’s just too much walking about, the body language isn’t great from the players.
“I’ve seen individuals play very well and they look incredible, but when they all perform to this standard they look a very poor side and they did tonight.
“The first half was possibly the worst performance I’ve seen from a Man United team for three or four years.”
United head to Goodison Park to face Everton this weekend, where some believe Solskjaer will need a result to hold off the doubts about his job security.
The Norwegian accepted the loss in Istanbul was a major setback and suggested it came as a major reality check after wins over PSG and RB Leipzig.
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Solskjaer told BT Sport: “It’s not easy to be positive now of course it isn’t, when you’ve just lost the way we did.
“But these players are good players and we have a chance on Saturday morning to get going again.
“It’s set us back a lot. Of course it has.You get a reality check every time you play football.
“Nothing becomes history quicker than a game of football. You don’t just turn up and get three points in the Champions League.
“We’ve played against a lot of good individuals in a good team. We weren’t good enough.”
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