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UEFA Champions League

  • 20 November 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Türk Telekom Arena, İstanbul
  • Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
  • • Attendance: 50278

Galatasaray - Manchester United Preview: Turkish champions aiming to put one foot in next round with win

Galatasaray - Manchester United Preview: Turkish champions aiming to put one foot in next round with win

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Fatih Terim's side currently sit in second in Group H, tied on four points with Cluj while the Red Devils have secured top spot after four wins from as many games


Eboue, Cris, Nounkeu, Balta
Altintop, Inan, Melo
Bulut, Yilmaz, Amrabat


Rafael, Jones, Wootton, Buttner
Anderson, Carrick, Fletcher
Welbeck, Chicharito

Galatasaray suffered a shock home defeat to 12th-placed Karabukspor at the weekend, but with Champions League progression at stake Fatih Terim can at least take solace in the fact he has virtually a full squad to pick from as Manchester United visit on Tuesday.

Czech defender Tomas Ujfalusi remains a long-term absentee for the Turkish champions after injuring his knee against Galatasaray’s reserves in late August, but he is the only player definitely ruled out.

Right-back Sabri Sarioglu (knock) is doubtful but would be an unlikely starter even if fit due to the presence of Emmanuel Eboue, while Johan Elmander made a return to action at the weekend following a thigh problem and will most probably be involved from the bench.

Manchester United’s own injury list is looking a lot shorter these days too with just the two players set to miss out should everything go to plan for Sir Alex Ferguson, whose side have already qualified.

The Scot has left a host of star names out of his squad for the trip to Turkey, with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, David De Gea, Antonio Valencia and Paul Scholes all rested.

Nani (hamstring) and Nemanja Vidic (knee) will also not be involved.

Sir Alex has also confirmed that Phil Jones will play after being named on the bench against the Canaries, with the England international pushing for his first start of the season.

  • Galatasaray have scored four goals in this season's Champions League so far, all of which have been netted by Burak Yilmaz (pictured right).
  • The Turkey international scored a 'perfect' hat-trick in their last match against Cluj.
  • Four of Manchester United's nine goals in the group have come in the last 15 minutes of matches.
  • Michael Carrick scored the only goal when the two sides met at Old Trafford earlier in the season.
  • The last time United faced Galatasaray in Turkey was in 1993, as a 0-0 draw saw Sir Alex's side crash out of the competition.
  • This season is the first year since 2006-07 that Gala have been in the Champions League.
  • United have already guaranteed that they will finish top of Group H after winning all four of their matches so far.
  • The Turks on the other hand are in second place with four points, joint with Cluj, meaning they cannot afford to drop any more points.

Players to watch

B. Yılmaz

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The powerful and physical Yilmaz is the hosts' top scorer in all competitions this season and will expect good service with Galatasaray playing at home. Should he get the support he desires, the United defence will have to be alert to stop him as he possesses ability with both feet, and is a danger in the air, as he proved against Cluj two weeks ago with a perfect hat-trick.


Position: Midfielder

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Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that the Brazilian is unfortunate not to have started more games this season and this could be a perfect platform for him to prove his worth. His box-to-box qualities will likely be tested on both ends of the scale on Tuesday, with Galatasaray expected to field a creative three-man midfield which he will need to counter, while his trademark bursts forward could be exactly what United need to unlock the Turkish side's defence.

Editor's Prediction

Although Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from the Norwich defeat at the weekend, they have already qualified from the group, something Galatasaray will be desperately trying to emulate in the coming weeks, therefore the host could well edge this tie.

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