Ighalo Missing As Okechukwu’s Istanbul Basaksehir Humbles Man Utd

Odion Ighalo was once again left on the bench as Manchester United were humbled by Champions League rookies Istanbul Basaksehir in Group H on Wednesday.

The Nigerian striker whose loan spell at Old Trafford ends in January has cut a peripheral figure this season and has been overlooked for the Red Devils’ last seven games after dropping down the pecking order following the arrival of Edinson Cavani.

Nigerian U23 midfielder Azubuike Okechukwu who is still working his way to full fitness after a long layoff was unlisted by Basaksehir.

The Turkish club, formed only in 1990, claimed their maiden Turkish Super Lig title last season and had not scored a goal or claimed a point in their opening two games in the competition.

But their first ever goal in the group stages o the Champions League came in the form of an unbelievable gift as United’s defence went embarrassingly missing, allowing former Chelsea and Newcastle striker Demba Ba to run clear from the halfway line.

United’s defending for the second goal was almost as bad, Juan Mata robbed of the ball by Deniz Turuc who then found Edin Visca in acres of space in the box to smash home.

Anthony Martial gave the visitors hope when he headed in from a Luke Shaw cross two minutes before the interval, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could not salvage a result in a disjointed second half showing, Basaksehir picking up a famous victory.

The defeat piles even more pressure on Solskjaer with questions sure to resurface about his suitability for the job and after winning their opening two group games in impressive fashion against Paris St-Germain and RB Leipzig, United now face a challenge to reach the knockout stages after their third straight loss in the Turkish city.