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Galatasaray earn a hard-fought draw to keep United bottom of the group 

Manchester United's Champions League hopes were struck by another setback as a horror performance from goalkeeper Andre Onana allowed Galatasaray to secure a draw in a classic game in Istanbul.

Manchester United’s Champions League hopes were struck by another setback as a horror performance from goalkeeper Andre Onana allowed Galatasaray to secure a draw in a classic game in Istanbul.

Errors Prove Costly for Erik ten Hag’s Side

Erik ten Hag’s team showcased a strong performance but defensive errors by Onana provided Galatasaray with opportunities, resulting in United twice relinquishing a two-goal advantage. 

Consequently, Manchester United finds themselves at the bottom of Group A, their chances of progressing to the knockout phase now uncertain ahead of their crucial final match against Bayern Munich.

United’s Precarious Position After Bayern Munich’s Draw

With Bayern Munich and Copenhagen sharing points later in the evening, Manchester United’s future in the tournament is contingent on their upcoming clash against the German giants. 

Failure to secure a victory against Bayern, coupled with a decisive outcome between Galatasaray and Copenhagen, could lead to United’s elimination from the competition.

Fluctuating Fortunes for United

Similar to their previous Champions League encounter in Copenhagen, Manchester United began strongly, securing a commanding lead through impressive strikes by Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes within the opening 18 minutes. 

Despite Onana’s mistake allowing Hakim Ziyech to narrow the deficit before halftime, Scott McTominay’s goal in the second half appeared to restore United’s control in a tense atmosphere.

Ongoing Defensive Lapses

However, Ziyech capitalized on another error by Onana from a free-kick, leveling the score with a second goal. Galatasaray’s substitute, Kerem Akturkoglu, further compounded United’s challenges by securing the equalizer, resulting in a dramatic 3-3 deadlock.

Dramatic Finale and Uncertain Prospects

The match culminated in a thrilling but tense finale, with Wilfried Zaha missing a crucial opportunity for Galatasaray, and Fernandes hitting the upright for United. The team’s fate in the Champions League is now beyond their control, highlighting the significance of their upcoming clash against Bayern Munich in determining their fate in the tournament.

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