Full-time: Fenerbahce 2-1 Manchester United

  • Fenerbahce avenge their 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford a fortnight ago by securing deserved Europa League victory at Ulker Stadium in Istanbul
  • The visitors fell behind inside two minutes after striker Moussa Sow notched a tremendous overhead kick from the edge of the penalty area
  • Jose Mourinho lost Paul Pogba before the break with what initially appeared to be a dead leg
  • Dick Advocaat's side doubled their lead just before the hour mark following an impressive free-kick from Sunderland loanee Jeremain Lens
  • United dominated possession throughout but could not find a way through until captain Wayne Rooney pulled level with Ruud van Nistelrooy as the club's leading European goal scorer courtesy of a 30-yard rocket past Volkan Demirel
  • United, now third in Group A and two points adrift of top spot with two games left to play, have not won any of their last seven away matches in European competition
  • Also: Zenit Saint Petersburg 2-1 Dundalk
  • Later: Southampton vs Inter Milan
Moussa Sow
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That is it for this particular live blog, but stay tuned to IBTimes UK for all the post-match reaction from Istanbul including an update on the fitness of Paul Pogba.

Goodbye for now.


They had to work hard for it at the end there, but a memorable result for Fenerbahce who jump to the top of Group A. They are level on points with Feyenoord.

United now find themselves third and, despite dominating possession and reducing the deficit with an impressive late goal from Rooney, can have few complaints after a painfully average display featuring just one shot on target.

Their wretched winless away run in Europe now stands at seven matches. Feyenoord being held to a 1-1 draw against Zorya tonight is a positive, but the onus is now on Mourinho's side to win both of their remaining games and avoid an embarrassing early exit.



Fenerbahce 2-1 Manchester United


Volkan Demirel requires treatment here and that will offer United a couple of extra minutes to find a second goal.


It's all over at the Petrovsky Stadium, where Dundalk have gone down 2-1 to Zenit in Group D.


Sener Ozbayrakli concedes a corner and Rooney's header is then cleared off the line by Ismail.

United keep up the pressure and appeal vociferously for a penalty after Herrera's hopeful drive appears to strike the hand of Skrtel. Nothing given.



Four minutes of stoppage time for United to find an equaliser.


He's had his fair share of critics over recent months, but that is a fabulous goal from Rooney. He picks up possession 30 yards out and beats Volkan Demirel all ends up with a right-footed rocket.

Can United rally late on to claim an unlikely point in Istanbul?

Wayne Rooney
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Goal: Fenerbahce 2-1 Manchester United (Wayne Rooney)


Sener Ozbayrakli is booked for handball. Advocaat's final sub sees left-back Ismail Koybasi replace Sow.

The Senegalese striker, who is back at Fenerbahce on loan from Dubai club Al-Ahli, won't forget that stunning goal in a hurry.

Van Persie gets the night off against his former side.

Moussa Sow


Alper is withdrawn and replaced by Russian midfielder Roman Neustadter. Less than 10 minutes left now for United to salvage something from this game.


Again United are opened up with embarrassing ease. Lens gets close to the byline and fires a low ball across the six-yard box that is just too hard for Emenike to finish on the slide.


Mkhitaryan concedes possession in midfield with a sloppy pass. Emenike seizes on the loose ball and cuts across Blind before producing a powerful shot that is parried by De Gea.

If the Armenian is seeking to get back in Mourinho's good books, that is definitely the wrong way to go about it.


Dundalk have fallen behind for a second time in Russia. Giuliano strikes again with his fifth Europa League goal already this term.


Ibrahimovic outfoxes Skrtel with an impressive touch and the former Liverpool defender is cautioned for a poor sliding tackle.

Mata also picks up a yellow card for stopping Alper in his tracks as the Turkish winger tried to break down the touchline.


United continue to look sluggish moving forward and are very fortunate not to be further behind.

After their latest attack breaks down, Fenerbahce counter and Alper splits the defence with a cross from the right.

Emenike opts not to provide a first-time finish and Blind just gets a touch on the ball before De Gea makes a low save with his legs.


Advocaat now opts to utilise his bench for the first time. Volkan Sen is replaced by former West Ham loanee Emmanuel Emenike.

Dick Advocaat
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Blind's corner from the right sails straight into the arms of a grateful Volkan Demirel.


Mourinho reacts to that second goal by making his third and final change. Mkhitaryan replaces Rashford for a first appearance since being taken off at half-time during a 2-1 derby defeat to Manchester City on 10 September.


Disaster for United as Fenerbahce double their lead. Mehmet Topal tumbles under pressure from Ibrahmovic.

Lens, on a season-long loan from Sunderland, then steps up to bend a terrific free-kick over the wall and into the back of the net with De Gea left stranded.

It's another unstoppable finish.

Jeremain Lens
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Jeremain Lens


Goal: Fenerbahce 2-0 Manchester United (Jeremain Lens)


Almost a clear chance for Mata as he fizzes a low shot wide of Volkan Demirel's left-hand post.


Rooney gets a head to Martial's centre, but his flick-on just evades Ibrahimovic at the back post.

Alper has been cautioned for preventing United from taking a quick free-kick.