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Chris Wheeler writes in the Daily Mail…
Hell? No bother!
Manchester United avoided a predictably hostile reception on their arrival in Turkey as hundreds of Galatasaray fans tried to recreate the infamous 'Welcome to Hell' scenes at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. Nineteen years after Sir Alex Ferguson and his players faced what he admitted was a 'quite frightening' experience, United were directed through a private terminal and missed the mayhem that awaited them. Fanatical supporters crammed into the airport's arrival hall - some chanting anti-Leeds songs in reference to the two English fans who were stabbed to death here 12 years ago - while others set flares alight outside the building. "We dodged the greeting from the fans," said Ferguson. "We came underground! In 1993 it was incredible, quite frightening, but we have been a few times now and are used to the Turkish atmosphere. It is fanatical, but it is no issue for us."
Peter Schmeichel says the fanatical atmosphere awaiting United's young squad against Galatasaray will be crucial to their European education, as it was back in 1993 for the two clubs' last meeting. "Those games in 1993 were the foundation for what we managed to do in the Champions League later on," Schmeichel says in the Daily Mail.
In the Mirror, Andy Cole compares United's current strikeforce with 1998/99's Treble-winning goal-getters. "People are so desperate to emulate a partnership, like the one Yorkie and I had," Cole says. "If you listen to the manager, he's been desperate to get something like that again. So to have Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney, he's obviously hoping it works out as well as Yorkie and me. Then you've got the other two boys, Chicharito and Welbeck, who can come into the side."
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