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19/11/2012 12:01 , Nick Coppack in Turkey
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Today in Istanbul

smattering of Galatasaray fans behind one goal but elsewhere it's almost empty. Plenty of whistles, mind you, when the big screen throws up footage of United players arriving.   

18:20 I've just added a link to the match preview video on the left. Enjoy.

16:15 Debate is raging at a nearby table where fans are discussing Sir Alex's possible team selection this evening. They seem split on whether or not the diamond formation will be employed. Personally, I'm on the side of those that say it will. I should stress that I have no inside information but I think we'll see Darren Fletcher, Nick Powell, Anderson and Tom Cleverley line up in the middle.

15:27 Quite a few former players are out in Istanbul with the team, including Denis Irwin and Andy Cole. Both men are still popular among fans and I've seen them sign a number of autographs for supporters here at the hotel in the last 15 minutes or so. I caught up with Denis a few days ago and you can read his memories of United's 1993 trip to Galatasaray here on He also spoke to MUTV this afternoon - more content for their jam-packed Matchday Live show at 18:30 GMT.

14:36 You can now watch a short video of the team's stretching session at the hotel. It's a sunny day here in Istanbul but those muscles still need warming up, especially after yesterday's long four-hour flight. There'll be plenty more behind-the-scenes footage in MUTV's pre-match build-up this evening. It's on-air from 18:30 GMT.

14:21 I'm just typing up my interview with Ashley Young - he was on good form. By the way, have you checked out all the videos on the left

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