Manchester United Beat Istanbul Başakşehir by 4-1; Bruno Fernandes Steals the Show

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Manchester United get their Champions League revenge against Turkish giants İstanbul Başakşehir by beating them 4-1 at Old Trafford. Bruno Fernandes scored a brace, Marcus Rashford and Daniel James contribute to the score sheet for the Red Devils while Deniz Turuc grabbed the consolation.

The line-up

Starting the line-up with a 4-3-3 formation, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intented to start with a very attacking set-up with Rashford, Martial and a very first start for new signing Edinson Cavani, playing up-front. With Luke Shaw being injured, it meant that it was yet another start for the Brazilian, Alex Telles playing alongside with the regulars, Wan Bissaka, Victor Lindelof and club captain Harry Maguire. Donny Van de Beek was given his start in the mid-field alongside Fred and Bruno Fernandes.    

About the game

United started the match with outmost pace and precision with quick and crisp passing, showing the intention and quality of the team. Three weeks after suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the same opponent in their previous UEFA Champions League fixture, United needed to get its revenge after a poor performance away at Turkey. 

Bruno Fernandes’ brace gave Manchester United a 2-0 lead inside the first twenty minutes. The Portuguese midfielder rifled home a thunderous first-time strike in the 7th minute before a goalkeeping error allowed him to roll the ball into an empty net in the 19th minute. Rashford thought he put United two goals ahead in the 11th minute but was judged to be offside by the officials. But then, Marcus Rashford won and scored a penalty to give Manchester United a three-goal lead in the 35th minute, with the visitors carving out a couple of decent chances but failing to convert.

Meanwhile after the halftime break, Axel Tuanzebe was being brought on to replace Victor Lindelof who had faced some issues with his back while away on international duty with Sweden and hence,  Ole could not take any chance with him as it could turn into a serious one and while United having a comfortable 3-0 lead in the game.

The Red Devils seemed to take their foot off the gas in the second half, allowing the visitors a foothold in the game. After giving the home side a couple of scares, Basaksehir managed to pull a goal back in the 75th minute as Deniz Türüç’s free-kick was adjudged to have crossed the line before being clawed away by David de Gea. With the Goal Line Technology, the goal was then confirmed by the referee.

After enduring several nervy moments in which Basaksehir hit the bar, Manchester United were able to restore their three-goal cushion in added time, with two second half substitutes, Mason Greenwood squaring for Daniel James to tuck away their side’s fourth at the end of a swift counter-attacks.

Player insights

  • David De Gea was fairly quiet at the first half of the game, with after the restart, he made to make some spectacular ones with the Turkish side very eager to equalize and accordingly, hit the posts multiple times. 
  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka was seen at his usual best with his spider-ly tackles and chasing down the runs of the opponents.
  • Lindelof and Maguire had a healthy and stable partnership at the first half as the opponents were fairly quiet. After the switch, Tuanzebe and Maguire had a lot of defending to do, with the Basaksehir putting on a show, late on the second half. 
  • Alex Telles added new dimensions to United’s attack with crosses flying every now and then by that rocket of a left-foot that the Brazilian, as such he had provided 11 crosses in the game.
  • Fred had misplaced a lot of passes in the game but then made it up by showing his work rate in regaining possession and holding the mid-field together, meanwhile Van De Beek had an excellent game while attacking, passing or making tackles in and around the box. Even though Pogba was rested by the manager, his absence was not felt by the team as it was well fulfilled by the Dutch.
  • Bruno Fernandes was undoubtedly the man of the match, with another excellent showcase of his technical and attacking brilliance. His half volley finish was a spectacular scene to watch, even though the second one was a lucky one for him, but he surely took hold of it very well. While pundits argued that most of his goals are from penalties, he surely silenced them by scoring two goals tonight from open-play.
  • Cavani was fairly silent in the game, but gave a fair share of passes and performed his defensive duties. As Martial played from the left, his duty was to make runs and provide, he did show his pace and control during the game. 
  • Rashford was fairly decent even though he was playing from the opposite side from his suitable left, his first goal was denied by an offside flag but then was clinical in finishing off the penalty which he had himself won.
  • The substitutes namely, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James gave their fair share towards the game and finished off the game as the former proving for the latter to finish off a wonderful night at Old Trafford.



Written by Arnab Chanda

A 6’, aspiring Advocate, Arnab Chanda, hails from the plains of Assam, currently a 4 th year B.A.
L.L.B student at Sharda University. Being a fanatic Manchester United fan, foodie and a car
enthusiast, his leisure time mostly revolves around trying out new dishes, playing football and
reviewing cars, though he also enjoys to travel and to explore new places. He is a very hard-
working, punctual and sincere person who likes to give his best in everything that he does, but
does not miss a chance to use his humour to light up the mood of his surroundings and to
spread positivity. He’s a momma’s boy who soulfully respects his elders and wants to serve the
society for its welfare.

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