Peter Schmeichel criticises Manchester United sub for ‘not doing anything’ in Galatasaray draw
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 29, 2023 - 11:07PM
The former goalkeeper was also unimpressed with Andre Onana (Picture: CBS Sports)

has criticised ’s decision to replace with and feels the Frenchman’s lack of work rate proved costly in Manchester United’s 3-3 draw with Galatasaray.

The Red Devils through Alejandro Garnacho and Bruno Fernandes but were pegged back when Andre Onana was caught out by Hakim Ziyech’s free-kick.

Scott McTominay restored United’s two-goal advantage in the second half, only for Onana to allow another Ziyech free-kick to squirm under him before Kerem Akturkoglu’s thunderous hit levelled the scores.

While Schmeichel was critical of Onana’s costly mistakes, he also felt Ten Hag’s withdrawal of Hojlund for Martial was game-changing too, with the latter’s lack of pressing gifting initiative to Galatasaray.

‘I actually think that the back four played really well today. I don’t think they could have done much more,’ Schmeichel told CBS Sports.

‘I thought they played well, but, again, you can’t argue that the mistakes by the goalkeeper are very, very expensive.

‘Every time a goalkeeper makes a mistake it is a goal, it’s a fact of life.

Martial’s cameo off the bench did not impress Schmeichel (Picture: Getty)

‘I think again, when you go back to Sunday, I thought everything worked really, really well. But when you play at this level, every little mistake you make is being penalised and you’ve got to learn that.

‘When you’re 2-0 up – and it’s not the first time we’re 2-0 up in this tournament – you kill the game. You make sure the other team can’t get into it.

‘You keep the ball, you make sure you don’t make mistakes – and a lot of mistakes were made today.

‘And of course you also have to look at players like when Hojlund came off, a lot of the pressure from the very, very front disappeared.

‘The guy he [Ten Hag] put in doesn’t do anything, where you had before someone who works really, really hard for the team up front all of a sudden you don’t have that pressure.

‘And that gives the other team a lot of opportunities to pass the ball around.

‘So there are many, many things you can look at, but, again, if you score this amount of goals you expect to have more than one point.’

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