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Poor Man Utd lose at Fenerbahce in Europa League

Jeremain Lens

Fenerbahce are now unbeaten in eight European home games

Fenerbahce scored two stunning goals to beat Manchester United and leave Jose Mourinho’s side in danger of Europa League elimination.

Striker Moussa Sow gave Fenerbahce the lead within 65 seconds with an overhead kick which sailed over David de Gea, and Jeremain Lens curled in a brilliant free-kick in the second half.

The visitors dominated possession but saw world-record signing Paul Pogba go off with a leg injury in the first half.

Captain Wayne Rooney smashed in a 25-yard consolation goal late on.

Defeat means United are third in Group A – one point behind leaders Feyenoord and Fenerbahce – with two games left, against the Dutch side at Old Trafford and away to Ukraine’s Zorya Luhansk.

Qualification for the next stage remains in the Reds’ hands, but they will need to be more incisive against their next opponents.

Europa League reaction

Sow about this then?

The Turkish side went ahead in spectacular fashion with the first attack of the game…

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Sow met Hasan Ali’s cross from the left perfectly, leaping to acrobatically strike into the roof of the net

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Fenerbahce supporters were left stunned – but understandably delighted – by the finish

And it got better in the second half…

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On-loan Sunderland midfielder Lens curled in a free-kick which left De Gea rooted to the spot

Too little, too late

Despite having 70% possession in front of an intimidating Istanbul crowd, United rarely tested goalkeeper Volkan. Their play was often slow and ponderous, allowing the opposition to retain their defensive shape.

They only really threatened once Rooney had converted his superb goal in the 89th minute.

The England skipper went close with a header in injury time while Ander Herrera had a goalbound strike blocked by Martin Skrtel.

Since putting four past the Turks in Manchester two weeks ago, the Red Devils have found the net just twice in their last four games.

Restored to the starting line-up on Thursday, Rooney has two goals in 14 games this season, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who came off the bench to replace the injured Pogba, has scored once in his last 11 matches.

Mourinho also sent on out-of-favour midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan for his first appearance since 10 September, but the Armenian failed to make an impact.

Fallen giants

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These two sides were once Champions League regulars and met at the group stages in 1996 and 2004, but have tumbled into the second tier of European competition this season.

Both may have to be content with the same next term following their struggles in the league, with 19-time champions Fenerbahce fifth in Turkey, while 20-time winners United are languishing in eighth in England.

Boss Mourinho was given a one-match touchline ban and £58,000 fine on Wednesday for an incident at half-time during the Premier League draw against Burnley and commenting on the referee before the match against Liverpool.

And a bad week got worse following defeat against Dick Advocaat’s side.

The Portuguese had said in July 2013 – when returning as Chelsea boss for a second time – that the club did not have a successful 2012-13 season despite winning the Europa League under Rafael Benitez, but changed his opinion prior to this match stating is has “new meaning for big teams” as the winners can qualify for the Champions League.

Yet the loss leaves them with the prospect of falling at the first hurdle in the competition.

Man of the match – Moussa Sow (Fenerbahce)

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His superb goal to put Fenerbahce on the front foot, and he later proved to be a handful for the United defenders

What they said:

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: “Our problems started in our global attitude. They were playing the Champions League final, we were playing a summer friendly.

“They deserved to win, football is not just about quality, it is also about effort, commitments, playing the limits and giving everything.

“A team that concedes after two minutes is a team that is not ready, not mentally prepared, not focused, not concentrated.”

The stats you need to know:

  • Wayne Rooney’s 38th goal in European competition equalled Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record for Manchester United
  • Rooney is just two goals away from equalling Bobby Charlton’s record of 249 goals in all competitions for United
  • The Red Devils have gone nine games without a European away win (drawn one, lost eight)
  • Fenerbahce are unbeaten in eight European home games (won seven, drawn one)
  • The Turkish side scored with both of their shots on target

What next?

United will look to get back to winning ways on Sunday in the Premier League when they travel to face Swansea (kick-off 15:00 GMT).

Live Text

Match ends, Fenerbahçe 2, Manchester United 1.

Second Half ends, Fenerbahçe 2, Manchester United 1.

Souza (Fenerbahçe) is shown the yellow card.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Souza (Fenerbahçe).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahçe) because of an injury.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

Attempt missed. Ander Herrera (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Zlatan Ibrahimovic following a corner.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ismail Köybasi.

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Sener Ozbayrakli.

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

Hasan Ali Kaldirim (Fenerbahçe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal! Fenerbahçe 2, Manchester United 1. Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Juan Mata (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jeremain Lens (Fenerbahçe).

Substitution, Fenerbahçe. Ismail Köybasi replaces Moussa Sow.

Attempt missed. Anthony Martial (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marcos Rojo.

Sener Ozbayrakli (Fenerbahçe) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Sener Ozbayrakli (Fenerbahçe).

Offside, Fenerbahçe. Mehmet Topal tries a through ball, but Moussa Sow is caught offside.

Substitution, Fenerbahçe. Roman Neustädter replaces Alper Potuk.

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Manchester United).

Hasan Ali Kaldirim (Fenerbahçe) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahçe) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Ander Herrera (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahçe).

Juan Mata (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Juan Mata (Manchester United).

Alper Potuk (Fenerbahçe) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahçe) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Fenerbahçe).

Matteo Darmian (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Moussa Sow (Fenerbahçe).

Attempt saved. Emmanuel Emenike (Fenerbahçe) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jeremain Lens.

Substitution, Fenerbahçe. Emmanuel Emenike replaces Volkan Sen.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Hasan Ali Kaldirim.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37847391