I was in disbelief that Manchester United made the same mistake again
It was never going to be straightforward, was it? Manchester United were threatened with a 'Welcome to Hell' but it quickly turned into Heaven as they raced into a two-goal lead on Wednesday night.
Alejandro Garnacho continued his wonderful week with a well-taken goal and Bruno Fernandes doubled the lead with a stupendous strike from distance.
It was almost too good to be true. It soon turned out to be as well. United overcommitted, giddy in their own sheer disbelief. Fernandes conceded a silly foul on the edge of the box and Hakim Ziyech punished them with a daft goal.
PLAYER RATINGS: Fernandes good and Onana poor
Once again, United had managed to defy the odds and look vulnerable from a comfortable position. It was the story of their Champions League campaign so far.
Even when Scott McTominay restored their two-goal lead, they somehow found a way to conjure more manic mayhem. Ziyech fired in another weak free-kick and a good strike from Muhammed Aktürkoğlu made it count for little.
United had never even scored a goal away against Galatasaray; they scored three and somehow failed to win. Just as they did against Bayern Munich and FC Copenhagen. It is hard to have any sympathy.
Marcus Rashford's red card was seen as the turning point in their defeat to Copenhagen on matchday four, but the harsh truth is that they didn't manage the game properly either, regardless of how many players they had on the pitch.
The bizarre quirk of United is that you get swept up in the emotion of the match, convinced this time will be different, before it invariably ends up folding in the exact same way.
It felt different in Istanbul, but in the end, it was just more of the same. United, against all the odds, somehow threw away control from what should have been a comfortable position.
Andre Onana's poor goalkeeping was quite clearly a contributing factor, but just like Rashford's red card on the last European outing, it was not the only reason they managed to capitulate.
United had conceded two in four minutes against Bayern Munich, two in four minutes against Copenhagen, two in 10 minutes at home to Galatasaray and two in nine minutes last night. You can blame the goalkeeper all you like, but this is a team with a fundamental lack of discipline, control, and identity.
It is inexcusable not to close out a 2-0 lead or even a 3-1 lead against such opposition, who for all their quality on the night, are ultimately a team of Premier League rejects and has beens.
Ten Hag arrived with great ideas of constructing a side capable of dominating matches and soaking up possession, yet almost 18 months into his reign, they remain a side that relies on moments and counter-attacks to cause any real damage.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. United have been making the same mistakes all season.