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19/11/2012 18:53, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Galatasaray preview

three seasons earlier, sealed a comfortable if not slightly nervy 1-0 win in September, setting United off on the right path on Matchday 1 following last season’s trials and tribulations in Europe.

Did you know? United's recent 3-2 victory against SC Braga at Old Trafford was only the second time the Reds had come from two behind to win a UEFA Champions League game. The first was the infamous 3-2 triumph over Juventus during the semi-final, second leg at the Stadio delle Alpi in 1999.

Opposition boss: Known locally as ‘The Emperor’, Fatih Terim is a legendary figure for Galatasaray fans following an illustrious career as both a player and manager. The former centre-back had already taken charge of the club on two occasions before returning for a third spell in May 2011, guiding the club to a first Süper Lig title in four years – adding to his cult-hero status.

Star man: Burak Yilmaz has scored 11 of his team's 34 goals in all competitions this term, including four in the Champions League. The Turkish striker most recenlty bagged a hat-trick against Cluj and hopes to maintain his form on Tuesday: “It's the first time I have scored three goals in a European match,” Yilmaz told UEFA. “While I don't know if it's the best game I have ever had, it's a big achievement and a confidence-booster.”

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

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