- Manchester United were defeated for the sixth time this season against Galatasaray
- The Red Devils stars looked somber as they arrived for training the next day
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The players of Manchester United arrived for training on Wednesday with somber faces after their crisis season continued at home against Galatasaray with a 3-2 loss.
The Red Devils had to accept their sixth defeat in ten games against the Turkish team in the group stage of the Champions League at Old Trafford on Tuesday to maintain the pressure on manager Erik ten Hag.
And the players seemed to feel the pressure too as they arrived at Carrington with blank faces the next day, awaiting a likely investigation into how the team collapsed to give their rivals all three points.
Rasmus Hojlund – a £72m signing from Atalanta – had given the home side the lead before ex-United star Wilfried Zaha equalised. Hojlund added his second goal to give United a 2-1 lead, before goals from Kerem Akturkoglu and Mauro Icardi sealed a stunning victory for the visitors.
The squad were pictured driving into the training complex looking to keep a low profile as captain Bruno Fernandes led the way in a bid to put things right this weekend – when they play Brentford at home.
Manchester United stars – led by Bruno Fernandes – arrived at training with somber faces after their shock 3-2 defeat to Galatasaray
Raphael Varane and midfielder Mason Mount also seemed to feel the pressure
The defeat was United’s sixth from ten games this season, continuing a season in crisis
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Defender Raphael Varane also looked far from satisfied after his performance came under scrutiny against the Turkish team – with club legend Paul Scholes criticizing him for being ‘soft and weak’ and having ‘slow legs’.
Midfielder Mason Mount – who joined United for £60million this summer – wore a baseball cap as he arrived, while goalkeeper Andre Onana looked on sternly as he came under fire after another disastrous mistake in the Champions League match.
The Cameroonian was guilty of a pass from behind to Dries Mertens, with the striker racing into the penalty area before Casemiro gave away a penalty and was sent off as a result.
The error followed another high-profile error against Bayern Munich when he failed to keep out Leroy Sane’s speculative effort from distance.
Hojlund was also on the list of somber faces despite scoring his goal for United – making it three in the Champions League – although he is still waiting for his first Premier League goal.
Goalkeeper Andre Onana was blank-faced after coming under fire again for United
Rasmus Hojlund also looked gloomy despite scoring a goal for United at Old Trafford
Erik ten Hag claimed Manchester United will ‘fight together’ amid their shaky form of late
Attention will now turn to a must-win match against Brentford as Ten Hag looks for a response from his dejected players.
The Dutchman will have bad memories of the time the Bees beat his side 4-0 at the start of last season, although United did recover to win the home game against Thomas Frank’s team 1-0.
Brentford have had a mixed start to the season so far after one win, four draws and two defeats. Their biggest tests were against Tottenham (2-2 draw) and Newcastle, who beat them 1-0 at St James’ Park.
Ten Hag insisted he had the support of the club hierarchy after the game against Galatasaray as he prepared for more challenges.
‘Last season went brilliantly, fantastically more than we could have expected.
‘But also in this project we knew that there would be gaps and in this period we are in a very difficult period, but we will get through it together, fight together, stay together and that is me, the directors, the team, we will fight together.
“This is not us, we know we will do better.”
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