United continued their unconvincing display at continental level on Wednesday when they were almost edged out by a solitary goal in the Champions League day 3 match away from home at the hands of Russian giants, CSKA Moscow. Safe for a timely Anthony Martial equalizer, the Red Devils would have been left with just 3 points out of a possible 9, and despite the draw, Ancelloti’s claims of “Manchester United must wait a couple of years to be competitive in Europe again” seem to be valid. As the team showed a lack of the tenacity and style they boast of on the domestic front in the game at Russia.
Carlo was of the opinion that the crop of young players in the United team who are without (much) Champions League experience won’t make them competitive. During the Summer transfer, Benfica’s versatile midfielder, Nicolas Gaitan was almost acquired by the Red Devils. Reports emerged from the Portuguese Press that both teams had agreed on a deal worth €30 million for the services of Argentine midfielder, but LVG opted against the move and went for his fellow countryman, Memphis Depay. The young Dutch turned out to be a flop, with the coach eventually dropping him from the starting lineup in their last 2 games after having stubbornly stuck with him earlier on.
The rejected Gaitan showed what Manchester United are missing in their midfield against Galatasaray yesterday. The Argentina international went ahead to score the fastest goal of this Champions League campaign in 2 minutes away from kickoff. He made a great control pass a last man after having collected a pass, and he eventually delivered a finish of a master to grab the first goal of the night. United fans wished he did that in a Red Devils’ Jersey. Their wish might come true if United decide to finally go for him the next transfer window. The 27 year-old has the Champions League experience they really crave for at the moment.