Manchester United summer arrival Donny van de Beek insisted ‘everybody’ in the team had a responsibility for the two goals the side conceded in their dismal 2-1 defeat to Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Turkish champions were without a point in Champions League Group H prior to Wednesday’s clash but went in front early on thanks to some comical defending from the visitors, which Paul Scholes branded ’embarrassing, Under-10s football’.
Demba Ba inexplicably had half the pitch to himself as United’s attack broke down in the 12th minute and the former Chelsea striker made no mistake after being put through with a clear run at Dean Henderson’s goal.
And the evening got even worse for the visitors in the 40th minute as Edin Visca – in acres of space on the right flank – doubled Basaksehir’s lead after Juan Mata was caught in possession.
Anthony Martial reduced the deficit with a controlled header right on half-time but the hosts kept hold of their narrow advantage to seal a famous victory in the club’s history.
‘I’m really disappointed,’ Van de Beek, who was handed a rare start, told BT Sport shortly after the final whistle.
‘I think we started okay in the first ten minutes and then we gave a goal away, I don’t know how.
‘After that, I think we lost the confidence and we can play much better.’
Asked whether the defending could have been better for Basaksehir’s goals, Van de Beek replied: ‘We are a team and everybody has a responsibility.
‘As I said before, I think we can play much better.’
The Netherlands midfielder believed that Martial’s goal may be a turning point in the match but admitted United created far too few opportunities in Istanbul.
‘Yes, I had this feeling really and there was also a lot of space to play and create something,’ he added.
‘But I think today we created not many chances.’
‘For them it was really nice but, for us, we’re really disappointed and we need to improve a lot,’ the Dutchman continued.
‘We are United and we need to improve.
‘The games before like the last game against Arsenal was the same, we played not our best game and now we have to step up for the game against Everton.’