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15/09/2009 06:00, Report by Amir Rashid
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Tough ties in Turkey

Turkish stadiums are notoriously hostile places, as United well know from trips to Fenerbahce and Galatasaray in the Champions League...

Galatasaray 0-0 United - second round, second leg, 03/11/93
The Reds were infamously greeted on arrival in Istanbul with “Welcome to Hell” banners, hospitably prepared by the fanatical Galatasaray support. On the pitch, United had to go for a win after a 3-3 draw at Old Trafford gave Galatasaray the initiative. The intimidating and deafening atmosphere in the Ali Sami Yen Stadium hindered the visitors however and when the goalless game boiled over at the final whistle, Eric Cantona saw red and several United players tangled with local police.

Galatasaray 0-0 United - phase one, match two, 28/09/94
After the experience of the previous year, the Reds understandably kept a low profile, staying in the team hotel away from all the hullabaloo. The performance on the pitch was an improvement and United came close to snatching victory. Sir Alex was pleased with a point this time: “I felt it was a good, solid performance. The referee handled the situation very well.”

Fenerbahce 0-2 United - phase one, match three, 16/10/96
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Reds' record in Istanbul

United have won only once in four visits to the Turkish football stronghold...

Galatasaray 0-0 United - Champions League second round, second leg, 03/11/93

Galatasaray 0-0 United - Champions League phase one, match two, 28/09/94

Fenerbahce 0-2 United - Champions League phase one, match three, 16/10/96

Fenerbache 3-0 United - Champions League phase one, match six, 08/12/04

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