Van Persie says Man Utd failed old Ferguson mantra in Istanbul Basaksehir loss

Former Manchester United forward Robin van Persie says the club's current players betrayed an old Sir Alex Ferguson mantra in their Champions League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir.

United went down 2-1 to the Turkish champions to suffer their first European defeat of the season, with Basaksehir's win also their first win at this level.

Former Premier League forward Demba Ba opened the scoring for the hosts, with Edin Visca grabbing a second before Anthony Martial pulled one back but to no avail.

Van Persie, working as a pundit for BT Sport, was left disappointed with United's effort throughout the 90 minutes.

"They missed the urgency to commit," said the Dutchman.

"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. But you need to commit, to be there with 100 per cent focus."

United legend Paul Scholes was also critical of his former club.

"It was very disappointing," he said.

"You have to give them [Basaksehir] some credit. They looked really strong in the counter attack, especially in the first half.

"I'm struggling to find a positive for United. You look around the team there should be enough quality to create chances, at least have some shots on goal.

"When the first XI doesn't work you bring three or four quality players on and none of them had an effect on the game.

"With Ole it will be interesting to see what he does on Saturday with Everton coming up, another tough game.

"It was always a big game the way the league has started. He's got to try and revitalise and get something out of the players he's got."

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