Manchester United’s hope of qualifying for the knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League has suffered another blow after letting two goals slip against Galatasaray on Wednesday night in Turkey.
This means Manchester United have won just one of their five games in the Champions League this season with just a game left to play in Group A.
Erik ten Hag’s showed enough determination to win the tie to the extent of twice holding a two-goal lead but errors from Onana threw Galatasaray lifelines to leave United bottom of Group A.
The Red Devil’s hopes of reaching the knockout phase are now in the balance before their final game at home to Bayern Munich.
This was a repeated error in their last Champions League game in Copenhagen. They were in a commanding position early on after superb strikes from Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes inside the first 18 minutes.
Onana got into the spotlight again with a poor attempt to stop Hakim Ziyech’s free-kick which put Galatasaray back in contention before half-time.
In the second interval, United looked to have gained control again in a hostile atmosphere when Scott McTominay turned in Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross 10 minutes after the break to make it 3-1.
Onana would later gifted Ziyech a second goal from another free-kick by committing a second blunder. The Cameroonian made a hapless attempt to keep the ball out.
Galatasaray restored parity via substitute Kerem Akturkoglu’s explosive finish with 19 minutes left to play.
It became a dramatic end-to-end finale as Wilfried Zaha missed a glorious chance for Galatasaray and Fernandes struck the upright.
The draw means that United’s Champions League destiny has been taken out of their own hands.
Man United will hope Bayern, who had already qualified for the next, will defeat Copenhagen, which currently occupies the second spot on the log, with the hope of at least winning their last game against the German champions.
Written by Oladipupo Mojeed