Manchester United hopes of a fine start to the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League campaign was dashed after a perfect display for Istanbul Basaksehir proved to be the spoiler.
In the process, they played as if they were been coached by Van Gaal. The former Netherlands coach took charge of the Mancunians just after the end of the FIFA world cup in South Africa where he led his home country to a second-place finish.
Manchester United players were busy passing the balls, dominating the field of play, but could not get a breakthrough in the process.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford as the pair attackers before Cavani was brought in the second half.
United had several opportunities to score but to no avail. The red devils could not dislodge the Turkish Super Lig Champions who had a three-time Premier League winner in Rafael with former Liverpool FC man Martin Skrtel in the mix.
Former Chelsea player Demba Ba opened the scoring before Bosnian Edin Visca increased the lead of the home side to two goals. Martial had to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half time to keep a decent scoreline.
In all, Manchester United need to take positives from the game. Once again, the technical flaws that have been going on in the team were exposed.
The loss at Basaksehir makes it two defeats in two matches.