Quote/unquote: “Our intention this year was to get into the knockout phase very quickly. We were disappointing last year – the players and staff knew that, and I think the supporters wanted a reaction. It was really important that we got into it quickly and we have done that. With four games gone, we are more than happy.” – Mike Phelan.
Sub-plots: 19 years on from a first visit to ‘hell’, United are once again braced for the lion’s den that is Galatasaray’s home. Back in 1993, the Reds were welcomed by a hostile and more-than-intimidating partisan crowd at the Ali Sami Yen. It remains to be seen whether the new Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi will be as 'welcoming'.