Man Utd defending goes from bad to worse with horror show in Europa League clash

Manchester United picked up where they left off with a defensive horror show against Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League.

Red Devils fans will have been thinking things couldn't get any worse after their 6-3 derby day defeat to Manchester City last weekend. But they were proved wrong as their side conceded an extremely cheap goal to Cypriot minnows Omonia.

United had a free-kick in a promising position which was cleared away before Jadon Sancho passed back to Tyrell Malacia, who lost possession and let the hosts in on goal. It was 3 vs 1 as Christian Eriksen raced back to no avail, with Karim Ansarifard netting the opener.

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BT Sport pundits Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes slammed the schoolboy defending while also giving recognition to the finish from Ansarifard. Hargreaves began: "It makes it worse that it was United’s free-kick.

"Jadon has got to find a way to get it back in the box, he gives it to Malacia and he is caught – you can’t get caught there. It’s a quick transition, a good transition, it’s a brilliant finish, fantastic finish.

"There’s no way Eriksen is the only one sensing the danger, he’s running back, in the end he gets in but they’re outnumbered. Great finish but from your own set-piece, that cannot happen."

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Scholes added: "Sancho right from the offset going back to Malacia, he’s on his own. Organisation-wise you can question because you normally have a couple back.

"But it’s a big mistake leaving Malacia at the back on his own. You’ve got to give the lad credit, it’s a brilliant finish."

Sancho was hooked at half-time with Erik ten Hag bringing on Marcus Rashford in his place after what had been a dominant first half for United, registering 66% possession and 12 attempts on goal, but one they had yet again lost.


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