Man Utd broke Sir Alex Ferguson’s crucial rule in Istanbul Basaksehir defeat

Manchester United broke a crucial Sir Alex Ferguson rule during their loss to Istanbul Basaksehir, according to former forward Robin van Persie.

The Red Devils suffered an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to the Turkish side in the Champions League on Wednesday, making it two defeats in a row.

Coming after a first loss to Arsenal at Old Trafford in 14 years, it means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has led the club to their worst start of a season in seven years.

And Van Persie, who scored 30 goals in his debut United season to win the club’s last Premier League title under Sir Alex, believes the club have lost a trait the Scot forced on his side.

Speaking to BT Sport , the former United forward said: “They missed the urgency to commit.

“In my time at Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson said: ‘I don’t mind losing as long as my team is not running less than the opponent and I want to see commitment going forward and as well defensively’.

“I’m pretty sure Basaksehir ran more than Manchester United. That should never be the case in any game.

“That has nothing to do with quality or abilities. That’s extra. You need to commit, to be there with 100 per cent focus.”

United’s defence were humiliated by Basaksehir’s first goal, allowing veteran forward Demba Ba to run clean through and slot past Dean Henderson after 13 minutes.

“I’ve never seen a goal conceded like that first goal, usually you leave two defenders at the back,” Van Persie commented.

It comes as the Dutchman identified a flaw in United captain Harry Maguire’s tactical decisions.

"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," he said.

"But that's not only down to him. Before the show I talked 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 should play higher up the pitch, where it is more difficult to play, but it gives everyone more options.

"The forward players should play as high as possible and find spaces in that area and not drop too deep. You see it's not clicking because the positioning of the players is not right most of the time."

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