the edge of the area.
Soon afterwards, following loud but unfounded home appeals for a penalty after Sercan Yildirim collapsed under Scholes' challenge, Berbatov had the game's second noteworthy effort, fizzing a low shot straight at Ivankov from the edge of the area.
The home side were visibly growing in confidence and Volkan Sen, who Sir Alex had picked out as Bursaspor’s danger man before the game, stung the palms of Van der Sar from 20 yards soon after.
Despite a couple of scares at the back, United, who lost Nani to a groin injury just before the half-hour, still looked a threat in attack and could have taken the lead twice in quick succession as the half drew to a close. Fletcher met Evra’s cross perfectly on the volley, but was unable to direct it on target, while Scholes saw his close-range finish chalked off for hand ball as he burst into the box en-route to slotting home.
Van der Sar became the latest player to forfeit possession just before the break as he attempted to clear the ball forward, but he was relieved to see Gustav Svensson’s shot fly over.
The Reds came flying out of the blocks after the break, perhaps on the back of some stern words from Sir Alex, and went ahead in fine fashion on 48 minutes through Fletcher. As United pressed forward, the ball dropped to Carrick just inside the area and his lovely cushioned pass was controlled brilliantly by the Scot who lashed a low drive into the far corner for only his second ever Champions League goal.