Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes was displeased with the defensive errors which resulted in a 3-3 draw at Galatasaray.
The visitors raced into an early two-goal lead in their Champions League encounter in Istanbul thanks to Alejandro Garnacho’s opener and Fernandes’ fine strike after 18 minutes.
Goalkeeper Andre Onana’s mistake allowed Hakim Ziyech’s free-kick to reduce the deficit but Scott McTominay restored the visitors’ advantage.
After Onana was once again at fault for Ziyech’s second and Kerem Akturkoglu denied the Red Devils a crucial three points, Fernandes was left frustrated.
He said: “We conceded really bad goals.
“We have to take control of the situations in all of them.
“We concede the two goals and there’s nothing we can do now. Obviously we could have done better with those two goals but it is what it is.
“It was mistakes by ourselves on the goals we conceded.
“I don’t want to be too negative but what we have been doing in the Champions League is not enough. It is not the first game we’ve had like this. We have to secure the result.”
As well as highlighting mistakes at the back, Fernandes also thought Erik ten Hag’s side could have put the game to bed in the final third.
He added: “We were on top of the game twice and we had far too many chances to have the game closed. We were not clinical enough.
“Every time we conceded a goal we had many chances to score again. At the end of the game we had four chances.
“We have to lift our heads up and try to get the best players in the best positions and not take chances ourselves. We need to put the team first.
“We have to understand in these types of games and stages we have to be smart enough and manage the game better.”
United return to Premier League action with a trip to Newcastle on Saturday evening.
2 – Hakim Ziyech is the third player on record (2003-04 onwards) to score two direct free-kick goals in a Champions League game, after Cristiano Ronaldo against Zürich in September 2009 and Neymar vs Crvena Zvezda in October 2018. Gift. pic.twitter.com/xj2WaXkPKC
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