Hope for a spot in the Champions League Round of 16 seems to be slipping away from Manchester United as the 3-3 draw against Galatasaray puts Erik ten Hag’s side in the hands of fate other than their own.
However, the Dutch manager, Erik ten Hag has stepped up, shouldering the blame if the team fails to advance. Despite their struggle in Group G, Ten Hag remains resolute about the team’s progress.
“In a project like ours, I take responsibility for our performance. We’re evolving and heading in the right direction. I have a clear vision of where we need to be, the steps required, and I’m confident in our long-term success,” Ten Hag affirmed.
The draw saw Manchester United initially in command with goals from Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes, but their lead slipped as Galatasaray capitalized on defensive lapses. Andre Onana, in particular, faced scrutiny for conceding all three goals.
Manchester United icon Paul Scholes dissected Onana’s performance, highlighting concerns about his ability to instill confidence in the team.
“He creates nerves within the defense and the team as a whole. Simple saves appear difficult, and his positioning seems off,” Scholes remarked on TNT Sports. “All three goals can be attributed to him. His technique appears uncomfortable.”
Criticism mounted on Onana’s misreads during Galatasaray’s set-piece moments, causing vulnerabilities that led to goals against Manchester United.