Manchester United 0-1 Besiktas: United slump to defeat after Ben Foster error
Published 21:48 25/11/09 By MirrorFootball
A goal from Rodrigo Tello condemned Manchester United to their first home defeat in 24 Champions League matches.
Tello scored the decisive goal after 20 minutes and even though Sir Alex Ferguson's much-changed side had the majority of possession they lacked a cutting edge.
Besiktas were grateful to goalkeeper Rustu in stoppage time as he made two superb saves from Federico Macheda and Wes Brown in quick succession.
Foster was back between the posts for his side's Champions League clash with Besiktas at Old Trafford.
Foster last started for the club against Barnsley in the Carling Cup last month but has played two games for England, including the defeat by Brazil 10 days ago.
He then expressed his frustration at dropping down the pecking order at United with the World Cup on the horizon.
With qualification for the last 16 assured, United were looking to top the group and manager Sir Alex Ferguson rang the changes.
Only Nemanja Vidic, Wes Brown and Rafael remained from the team that beat Everton on Saturday. Danny Welbeck and Federico Macheda were paired in attack.
With CSKA Moscow beating Wolfsburg earlier, United needed only a point to top the group.
The odds were in their favour as they went into the match on the back of a 23-match unbeaten home run in the Champions League.
United were on the offensive from the start with Gabriel Obertan racing away in the second minute after being released by Park Ji-sung.
Obertan got into a good position but opted to deliver the cross instead of testing the goalkeeper and the ball drifted out of play.
United almost took the lead four minutes later when Rustu failed to hold Park's shot and Macheda looked favourite to get the rebound. However, he lost his balance and the chance went begging.
They kept up the pressure and Rustu did well to tip over a shot from Darron Gibson that took a deflection in the 13th minute.
Gibson and then Macheda both saw shots go wide of the post in quick succession before Besiktas opened the scoring.
Rodrigo Tello tried his luck from 30 yards and his effort dipped and bounced beyond Foster to stun United, who had been in the driving seat until then.
Manchester United responded in the 26th minute and Welbeck whipped in a shot but Rustu was equal to it.
Four minutes later the goalkeeper parried Obertan's shot after the French winger had been released by Welbeck.
United stepped up the pace and were anxious to get back in the game before half-time.
Gibson then raced forward in the 38th minute only to send his effort from 25 yards over the bar.
The Irish midfielder turned away in frustration at failing to test Rustu.
Besiktas, however, should have extended their lead three minutes later but Michael Fink squandered a good chance.
He failed to test Foster from the edge of the area, sending his effort wide of the post.
It was another warning to United just how dangerous Besiktas were on the counter attack.
Given that they had only picked up one point in the group the visitors were showing a good deal of confidence.
United kept pushing forward but went into the second half keen to turn things around against a side without a win in the group.
Manchester United carved out a good chance in the 56th minute when Gibson released Park on the edge of the area.
The Korean, who has just recovered from a knee injury, got a good touch only to send his effort wide of the post.
However, United were struggling to find their rhythm with some of their inexperienced players looking short of confidence.
Obertan, however, got the crowd going when he went on a surging run in the 60th minute but Rustu turned his effort around the post.
Two minutes later Obertan saw his header end up on the roof of the net following a cross from Welbeck.
This was a better spell by United as they looked to preserve their proud record at home at this level.
Besiktas were forced to make a change in the 65th minute with Ibrahim Toraman carried off after taking a blow to his face. He was replaced by Erhan Guven.
United boss Ferguson made his first change of the game three minutes later and brought on an extra striker.
Michael Owen was drafted into the action alongside youngsters Macheda and Welbeck.
With United chasing the game, Michael Carrick and Patrice Evra came on for Gibson and Rafael in the 73rd minute.
It was a frustrating time for the home side with Besiktas defending in depth and in numbers.
Evra had an appeal for a penalty turned down by referee Stephane Lannoy after claiming he was blocked and Ferguson vented his anger at the decision on the touchline.
United kept pressing but Rustu made two superb saves in stoppage time from Macheda and Brown to give Besiktas their first win in the group.