Robin van Persie believes Harry Maguire and Fred have been responsible for hindering Manchester United’s attacking output.
United’s woeful defending allowed the Turkish champions to take a two-goal lead before Anthony Martial pulled one back for the visitors.
But United were unable to find an equaliser in the second half following another disjointed attacking display.
And Van Persie believes Maguire and Fred have culpable of slowing down United’s attacks in recent weeks as the England centre-back’s distribution has been poor, while the Brazilian midfielder has been dropping too deep to receive the ball.
‘Everyone is talking about Maguire being fantastic on the ball, so far he’s not been fantastic on the ball going forward, with his passing,’ Van Persie told BT Sport.
‘But that’s not only down to him. Before the show I spoke with Owen [Hargreaves] about the positioning of the team overall and in some situations the team is not well positioned.
‘You see Fred coming to take the ball from centre-back, he should not do that. Maguire should do that. He can do that forward pass.
‘He [Fred] should play higher up the pitch, where it is more difficult to play, but it gives everyone more options.
‘You see it’s not clicking because the positioning of the players is not right most of the time.’