other culprits – and must be yearning for the return of Wayne Rooney from injury. This one, a tame effort after a stuttering run-up, was easily saved by Mulsera.
Selcuk Inan went close to rubbing salt in the wound when his glancing header sailed narrowly past the far post before Vidic spurned a chance from close range and Evra flashed a shot across goal at the other end.
The Reds had another penalty appeal turned down when Nani went tumbling under substitute Emre Colak's challenge. There was barely time to complain, though, as Galatasaray countered at speed and, through Yilmaz and then Colak, forced De Gea into two fine saves. The second was world-class, a finger-tip stop at full-stretch.
Darren Fletcher's introduction in the 79th minute drew a cheer almost as loud as Carrick's goal and it was that strike that ultimately settled this opening Group H fixture.
Both sides will rue missed opportunities – Hernandez spurned two golden chances in injury time – and Galatasaray can certainly be proud of the part they played in an entertaining contest. It's United, though, who are off and running, back with a bump if not a bang in the Champions League.