Fenerbahce took the lead after just two minutes, Hasan Ali swinging over a cross that Moussa Sow met with a devastating overhead volley that screeched past David de Gea. United enjoyed most of the possession thereafter, but were far too narrow and slow to cause any serious problems, a heavy touch from Wayne Rooney ruining their best situation.
A few minutes later, Paul Pogba went off with what looked like a dead leg, and though his replacement, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, allowed United to hold the ball up, they still could not create anything.
Juan Mata replaced Morgan Schneiderlin at half-time, but United did not improve significantly, and Fenerbahce looked dangerous on the break. Then, on 59 minutes, they conceded a free-kick 25 yards out, right of centre. With Simon Kjaer looking likely to shoot, Jeremain Lens came from behind the ball to plant a superb effort inside the near post.
United huffed and puffed for a bit, but Fenerbahce looked far likelier to score, missing several opportunities better than anything United mustered. With a minute to go, Wayne Rooney slammed in a jazzer from distance, but no one seriously expected anything significant to change, United have now run out of chances, and need a result when Feyenoord visit Old Trafford in two weeks.
United are struggling at the moment, which happens, but why are they so lacking in intensity? Twice in three games they’ve conceded early goals, and while the players must look at themselves, why isn’t Jose Mourinho preventing it from happening?