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

and the image gallery? I've just added a photo of Besiktas' ground (we're staying quite close by) with the Bosphorus River in the background. As you can see from the pic it's a lovely sunny day here.

13:45 I've added three videos to the playlist on the left, all giving you a flavour of United's pre-match press conference at the stadium last night.

12:31 The squad's matchday preparations will continue with a stretching session here at the hotel in an hour's time. Before then, one of the players will be my next interviewee - this time it's Ashley Young's turn, for Saturday's match programme. He can expect a number of questions about QPR.

12:27 Sorry if the blog's been quiet for the last couple of hours but I have a great excuse: I've been speaking to not just one but two knights of the realm. Sir Alex granted me some time for his monthly magazine interview - look out for that in Inside United, on sale in early December - and I also sat down with Sir Bobby Charlton for The Ambassador's Column in United Review.

10:36 Anyway, enough about the local fans and more about the match, which is shaping up to be a cracker. The Reds have brought a young squad to Turkey, but it's worth noting Galatasaray haven't won at home in Europe in five games. The last time they tasted success was when they beat Panathinaikos 1-0 in the Europa League in December 2009.

10:35 Local Turkish paper Hurriyet confirms riot police had to intervene at the airport last night and use pepper spray to control the crowd. You can see a picture of the article in the Image Gallery by clicking on the link in the left-hand menu.

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