Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has tried to explain the circumstances behind Demba Ba’s opening goal on Wednesday night during their shock defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Red Devils followed up victories over PSG and RB Leipzig with a 2-1 loss in Turkey this week, much to the frustrations of Solskjaer.
The Norwegian was left even angrier after his side conceded inside 13 minutes thanks to former Chelsea striker Ba’s rather comedic strike.
The 35-year-old was allowed to run clean through on goal after he was played in behind from his own penalty area, slotting past Dean Henderson in composed fashion.
The goal caused a real stir at half-time and even after the match, with many fuming at the lack of defensive awareness shown by United.
And Solskjaer admits that poor communication and bad decision making from a short corner cost them.
“We were playing a short corner and everyone forgets to get back with the players they’re playing against and Demba Ba snuck in behind us,” he explained.
“Lack of communication and lack of good decisions, you don’t really see those goals at this level.
“We shouldn’t concede easy goals like this, we know how hard it is to create goals and create chances and when you give easy soft goals like the two we have done today it makes it hard.
“Obviously, it’s not a goal you normally concede. We’ve not done our duties and roles there that’s my responsibility we were going to play a short corner but we forgot our defending duties after we played a couple of short passes.”
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Solskjaer added of the game in general: “We started off in the first 10 minutes and it looked like we had some space and there might be some decent openings but we left ourselves wide open for the two goals and that was disappointing.
“Good response to the goal after their second and then in the second half we thought we could push on and create chances but we just didn’t break them down.”