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UEFA Champions League

  • 20 September 2012
  • • 04:45
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: W. Stark
  • • Attendance: 74653

Manchester United - Galatasaray Preview: Sir Alex Ferguson's side aim for improvement after group-stage exit last season

Manchester United - Galatasaray Preview: Sir Alex Ferguson's side aim for improvement after group-stage exit last season

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The Red Devils will look to put the Turkish champions to the sword at Old Trafford and put to rest the disappointment of crashing out at this stage of the competition last year



 Rafael, Vidic, Ferdinand, Buttner
Scholes, Carrick

Valencia, Kagawa, Nani
Van Persie

 Eboue, Cris, Kaya, Balta
Melo, Inan, A Yilmaz
B Yilmaz, Elmander, Amrabat

Patrice Evra (knock) looks set to miss Manchester United's opening Champions League match with Alexander Buttner set to continue in his place.

Wayne Rooney (thigh) is touch-and-go but Ashley Young (knee) will not recover in time to face Fatih Terim's side and focus their attention on a comeback against Liverpool on Sunday.

Chris Smalling (metatarsal) and Phil Jones (knee) are still long-term absentees.

The most notable player missing for the Turkish side is veteran Czech defender Tomas Ujfalusi (Cruciate Ligament) who will probably miss the remainder of the season.

Engin Beytar may feature after sitting out the Turkish champions' league matches so far this eason due to suspension.

  • Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard (pictured right) is yet to concede a goal for the club at Old Trafford.
  • The Red Devils are competing in their 17th successive Champions League group stage.
  • United have won three, drawn once and lost twice at home against Turkish teams. Beşiktaş were the last visiting side to win at Old Trafford in 2009-10.
  • This is Galatasaray's first appearance in the Champions League group stage since 2006-07.
  • The clubs met in the 1994-95 groups, drawing 0-0 in Istanbul before a 4-0 United home victory featuring David Beckham's first goal for the club.
  • Galatasaray have never won in England, having drawn three and lost four. Their most recent trip brought a 3-2
    group stage defeat at Liverpool in 2006-07.


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1David de GeaGoalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
6Jonny EvansDefender
15Nemanja VidicDefender
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
18Paul ScholesMidfielder
20Robin van PersieStriker
23Shinji KagawaStriker
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
5Rio FerdinandDefender
23Tom CleverleyMidfielder
24Darren FletcherMidfielder
14Javier HernándezStriker
19Danny WelbeckStriker
25Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
-Dany NounkeuDefender
22Hakan BaltaDefender
26Semih KayaDefender
27Emmanuel EboueDefender
4Hamit AltıntopMidfielder
8Selçuk İnanMidfielder
3Felipe MeloMidfielder
17Burak YılmazStriker
19Umut BulutStriker
-Nordin AmrabatStriker
-Ufuk CeylanGoalkeeper
7Aydın YılmazMidfielder
-Engin BaytarMidfielder
52Emre ÇolakMidfielder
-Johan ElmanderStriker

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