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Man United 4-1 Istanbul Basaksehir: Bruno Fernandes on a double

Manchester United beat Istanbul Basaksehir 4-1 to close in on a place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with Bruno Fernandes on a double with Marcus Rashford and Daniel James.

Man United 4-1 Istanbul Basaksehir Bruno Fernandes on a double www.theafricanstand.com

Manchester United secured a comfortable Champions League win at Old Trafford, with Bruno Fernandes scoring twice against Turkish champions Istanbul Basaksehir.

After driving a half-volley into the net from the edge of the area, Fernandes put United two ahead inside 20 minutes when keeper Mert Gunok dropped a routine cross at the midfielder’s feet.

Despite scoring from the spot against West Brom three days earlier, Fernandes turned down the chance of a hat-trick when he let Marcus Rashford take the penalty after the England forward had been sent flying by Boli Bolingoli.

It was the first time United had led by three goals at half-time in a Champions League game at Old Trafford since Roma were routed 7-1 in April 2007.

The visitors pulled one back through Deniz Turuc‘s curling free-kick and an Edin Visca shot that cannoned off the bar 10 minutes from time brought cries of “wake up” from United keeper David de Gea.

But there was no repeat of their shambolic defending in defeat in Turkey three weeks ago and Daniel James completed the scoring in stoppage time when he tapped home Mason Greenwood‘s cross for his first goal since March – and his first on home soil in 15 months.

The win means United are top of Group H and need just a point from their remaining two group games to qualify for the knockout stage.

Ericson Mangoli

Written by Ericson Mangoli

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