Manchester United suffered a 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday after goals by Moussa Sow and Jeremain Lens for the Turks.
United’s dire away record in Europe continued on Thursday. They now have six losses and one draw in their last seven away games in Europe. The Red Devils fell behind early as Sow gave the home side the lead in the 2nd minute in front of a fanatic crowd at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. The Senegalese international beat David De Gea with a bicycle kick from just inside the penalty area.
Paul Pogba left the game injured in the 30th minute, and was replaced by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Lens extended the lead in the 59th minute, before Wayne Rooney scored a consolation goal for the away side in the 89th minute. United now sits in third place in Group A, one point behind Fenerbahce and Feyenoord. Manager Jose Mourinho was not pleased with the team’s performance, and admitted that the Turks deserved the three points.
“They deserved to win,” Mourinho said. “Football is not just about quality; it is about effort and commitment, it is about playing to your limits. In an atmosphere like this, to concede an early goal gives the opposition exactly what they want. The opponent can then defend and counter-attack us with a lead and that is our fault for letting them be in that situation. They were playing a Champions League final and we were playing a summer friendly by the way the game started.”