Manchester United v Galatasaray: preview and team news

Alex Ferguson says there will be no repeat of the carelessness which saw them knocked out at the group stages of the last year’s Champions League.

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“Finishing off games has to be a driving force for us. I think we all agree we were careless in two of the games at home last season.

“The Basel game was the one where the criticism quite rightly lies.”

United were 2-0 up at home to the Swiss side but drew 3-3 before losing 2-1 away, and have lost four of their last five European fixtures.

“We’ve lost two finals to Barcelona and won two other finals in the last decade or so but we want to do better,” Ferguson.

“Certainly we’ll do better than last year – no question about that.”

With Wayne Rooney sidelined, Ferguson says he will look to his summer signings Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa to help his side.

“Robin has the experience of playing in Europe with Arsenal,” he said. “Shinji is that kind of player who will thrive in Europe, where possession is key.”

Ferguson also feels that a settled defence will be key to the team’s progress, with Chris Smalling and Phil Jones ruled out he says he will need a bit of luck to keep Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Jonny Evans fit for the season.

“If I was guaranteed two of those being fit for the rest of the season I’d take that gladly right now. It’s not been the case in the last two or three years, when we have had a really rough ride.

“That’s a key issue. I can’t hide that. I just hope I get a bit of luck in that respect.”

Galatasaray manager Fatih Terim looked to a defining night in Ferguson’s quest for European glory, after failing to recover from the shock of throwing away a 2-0 lead at home to draw 3-3 before a legendarily hostile away leg ended scoreless.

“I don’t need to tell you how Manchester United are a big club. We respect to them but we don’t fear them. We are going to England for take a good result.

“Years ago we made history against them. I believe that Galatasaray can repeat that success.”

Team News
Patrice Evra is likely to replace Alexander Buttner who was impressive in Saturday’s win over Wigan while the Frenchman was recovering from a knock picked up on international duty, Darren Fletcher may also feature for the first time since November last year.

Tomas Ujfalusi and Sabri Sarioglu are both out for the Turkish side, while Umut Bulut who has impressed with four goals in his first five appearances for the club will join former Bolton man Johan Elmander up front.

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