Fenerbahce 2-1 Manchester United: Five flops in Europa League clash

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Manchester United were second best in every department in their 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce this evening.

It was a terrible night for United from the get go, Moussa Sow opening the scoring after just 90 seconds with a spectacular overhead kick.

Jeremain Lens’ superb free-kick doubled Fenerbahce’s lead in the second half. It was a lead that United didn’t even come close to threatening until Wayne Rooney’s late consolation.

To add insult to injury, £89 million man Paul Pogba left the game after 30 minutes with an injury.

One positive for Man United supporters - and it’s definitely nothing to throw a party for - was that they got to see Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Not just in the stands, either - he was actually on the pitch, kicking a football about.

Not that he made the slightest bit of difference, though.

Another was Wayne Rooney’s brilliant goal.

The result leaves United third in Group A, one point behind joint-leaders Feyenoord and Fenerbahce with two games remaining.

GiveMeSport has a look at five flops from this evening’s contest in Turkey. 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s biggest impact on this game came in his own half.

He was the player who conceded the free-kick that led to Lens’ goal.

The Swede, who has now gone six games without scoring, was caught with his throat around the neck of Simon Kjaer in the first half, an incident that could see him receive retrospective punishment.

His performance was summed up by a dreadful free-kick in the second half that crashed straight into the wall.

Matteo Darmian

Sir Alex Ferguson’s United teams depended heavily on flying full-backs who could send in a mean cross.

Gary Neville, Patrice Evra, Dennis Irwin.

But Darmian doesn’t provide a threat from defence. His delivery was wasteful, and it says as much about his performance that fans were calling for Antonio Valencia.

Daley Blind

Jose Mourinho misses Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly.

The Portuguese was forced to select a back two of Blind and Marcos Rojo against Fenerbahce and it was the Dutchman who was the worse of the two.

Mourinho’s hands were somewhat tied by a lack of options but you have to wonder if there isn’t a player in United’s reserves that couldn’t have done a better job.

Luke Shaw

Shaw continues to look a completely different player to the one that delivered so much promise before he suffered that cruel leg break in 2015.

The 21-year-old is slow and indecisive. Not an ideal recipe.

Just check out this footage of Lens completely rinsing him.

Morgan Schneiderlin

There’s no way Bastian Schweinsteiger would have been as ineffective as Schneiderlin was this evening.

He managed to pick up a booking and was replaced at half-time.

Remember when United’s midfield pairing included Roy Keane and Paul Scholes? Those were the days.

Who was the worst Man United player vs Fenerbahce? Let us know in the comments section below!

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