Sir Alex’s men did just enough to see off Turkish champions Galatasaray at Old Trafford on Wednesday night, with Michael Carrick’s seventh-minute goal proving decisive.
Carrick is among our Man of the Match contenders, and not just because he found the net. He was positive with his passing, broke up play and covered more ground (11390 metres) than any other player on the pitch apart from Galatasaray midfielder Hamit Altintop (12000m).
David De Gea, recalled between the posts, was assured in his handling and made two wonderful stops in the second-half to keep the Reds in the game. In front of him, Nemanja Vidic proved a colossus, winning everything in the air and even going close at the other end.
Shinji Kagawa remains a pleasure to watch. His first touch is sublime and against Galatasaray he was heavily involved in the opening 30 minutes. Twice he pierced the back four with incisive passing – one led to a Nani shot that was saved; the other led to Carrick’s winning goal.
For long periods, Antonio Valencia was United’s most successful outlet. His final ball lacked its usual accuracy on Wednesday night but he caused havoc down the right flank and displayed a number of fine touches.
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