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18/09/2012 13:52, Report by Adam Bostock
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Sir Alex: Defence is key

this year."

Team selection will reflect Sir Alex's determination to do much better this season. "In some years, the group stage has been straightforward and I've played a lot of young players. But the team will be more experienced tomorrow."

The boss confirmed Shinji Kagawa is ready to play against Galatasaray after a "slight injury" caused him to be rested for the weekend's win over Wigan Athletic - "he'll be a very important player for us" - while David De Gea has a "strong possibility" of being recalled in place of Anders Lindegaard, who's yet to play a Champions League game at Old Trafford.

As for the opposition, Sir Alex said: "We've watched a lot of video analysis of them. I think there are several points about them... they have two players we know about in [former Arsenal midfielder] Emmanuel Eboue and [ex-Bolton striker] Johan Elmander who played in English football. They have two good central midfielders in Felipe Melo and Selcuk Inan and a centre-forward to look out for in Umut Bulut. [It's a bit like 'bullet' and] that's a good name for a centre-forward!

"I know from experience it's never easy against Turkish teams. It will be a very close game tomorrow."

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