Young Manchester United side put up a 'reasonable show', argues Sir Alex Ferguson

The Red Devils boss was happy with his inexperienced team's performance despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to the Turkish giants, having already won their Champions League group
Sir Alex Ferguson argues that his youthful Manchester United side put up a "reasonable show" despite their 1-0 Champions League defeat to Galatasaray.

The Red Devils had already guaranteed their place in the knockout phase of the competition and the 70-year-old used the opportunity to field a young side with an average age of just 24.

Burak Yilmaz's strike sunk United in Istanbul but, though being disappointed at conceding to a set-piece, Sir Alex expressed satisfaction with his experimental team's performance.

"Their temperament was good, the crowd never affected us and I thought they put up a reasonable show," he told Sky Sports after the game.

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"Some of the possession was good, some of the attacking play at times was good without finishing the game off with one or two opportunities in both halves.

"But when you lose a goal from a set-piece you are always going to be saying it's a bad way to lose a goal.

"They had a few strikes from outside the box, which our goalkeeper dealt with well - other than that I thought we handled it okay.

"I think if there was one part of it we were going to worry about was set-pieces because they are a more experienced, stronger, bigger side and you expect them to cause you some problems at set-pieces.

"We handled it quite well throughout the match but we have lost a goal from a corner. It is not surprising because of the strength they have there but nonetheless to lose a goal from a corner kick is never easy to take."