Solskjaer slams his players disappointing defending that led to Demba Ba’s free goal

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blamed the players for their defensive lapses that allowed Demba Ba score in Wednesday’s defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.

Despite starting our Champions League campaign well, beating Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig, we suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat in Turkey that laid bare our defensive frailties.

From a short corner which saw every United player high up the pitch, Basaksehir striker Demba Ba was completely left unmarked close to the centre circle with an open run to goal.

The Senegalese surged towards goal and scored with a brilliant finish which irked Solskjaer.

“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,” explained the Norwegian coach.

“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.’

On the match in general, he continued: “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.”