Manchester United vs. Galatasaray match preview

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Manchester United take on Galatasaray at Old Trafford on Wednesday 19th September at 7:45pm

Manchester United host Galatasaray on Wednesday evening, nearly nineteen years since the epic 3-3 draw at Old Trafford in the 2nd round of the European Cup. United will be desperate to put on a better show than last season, which culminated in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of FC Basel of Switzerland. Galatasaray won the 2011/12 Süper Lig by nine points. The championship win was the club’s eighteenth, which drew them level on titles with Fenerbahçe. Here we preview United’s opening Champions League game and the history between the two clubs.

Previous Meetings

Manchester United have met Galatasaray on four occasions, with two draws and a win a piece. United’s first encounter with the ‘cimbom‘ came in October 1993, when nearly forty thousand fans saw a 3-3 draw. Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson and a Hakan Sukur own goal helped United salvage a draw. The second leg will be remember for Eric Cantona’s sending off, the ‘welcome to hell’ messages and United’s elimination from the competition after a 0-0 draw. The Turks went on to finish bottom of their group, which contained finalists Barcelona.

The next season, United played out another bore 0-0 draw in the Ali Sami Yen stadium, however had accumulated four points from their opening two games, beating IFK Gothenburg in the first game at Old Trafford. Defeats to Barcelona (that 4-0 one) and away in Gothenburg meant that United had to beat Galatasaray and hope that IFK Gothenburg would beat Barcelona on their own turf. The game ended 1-1 in Spain, whilst United hammered Galatasaray 4-0 at Old Trafford. The final goal was pure comedy genuis following a wayward Eric Cantona cross. Highlights of the last meeting between the two sides are below:

Galatasaray over the years & history

As mentioned, Galatasaray are joined with Fenerbahçe on eighteen league titles a piece following their success last season. The Turkish league, as we know it, started in the 1958/59 season. Previous to that, Galatasaray won fifteen league titles in the now defunct Istanbul Football League. They are the only Turkish side to win a European trophy, when an ageing but inspirational Gheorghe Hagi led side beat Arsenal on penalties in the UEFA Cup final back in 2000. Below is their record in the league over the past ten years:

Galatasaray season finishes

In the past fifteen years, Galatasaray have reached the quarter finals of the Champions League in 2001/02 – although, back in 1988/89, the reached the semi final of the competition.

Galatasaray current form

The Champions currently sit on top of the league with three wins from four games, drawing 3-3 away at rivals Beşiktaş. Umut Bulut, their 29 year old striker, is top of the scoring charts with five goals. He is currently on loan at the Turkish side from Toulouse, who used to employ Bulut’s striking partner, Johan Elmander – formerly of Bolton Wanderers. As the season is so young, there is little to report – although, they did enjoy a 3-2 victory over rivals Fenerbahçe in the Süper Kupa, the Turkish Super Cup.

Proposed Manchester United lineup

Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa were omitted from the starting lineup on Saturday in the 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic after picking up knocks in the International break. Although Ferguson will not want to rush back United’s top goalscorer, the more football he plays the more match fit he becomes – which is why I’ve opted to start United’s number 20. Scholes will surely be rested if he will be used against Liverpool on Sunday, although the Sunday kick off allows the United boss to field the likes of Nani and Valencia.

Evans hasn’t played a lot of football this season, so Wednesday is an ideal opportunity to make his first start this season alongside skipper Nemanja Vidic. Evra should return to the starting lineup, in preparation for the barrage of abuse he will receive in his next fixture. Lastly, David De Gea made an error against Fulham at the end of August, but like with Evans – this will be a good opportunity to get the young Spaniard back involved with the first team. Although dropped, fans must not forget his heroic performance against Everton on the opening day, where he stopped United going down int he first half.

Potential Manchester United lineup for Galatasaray

What would be your starting lineup for the match?

9 Comments on Manchester United vs. Galatasaray match preview

  1. Although Fergie’s press conference hinted at a potential return for Kagawa, I can’t see both him and RVP playing. What do you think? I’d save Kagawa for Sunday, but then again – the medical team know best.

  2. Ddg to start for me tom0rrow!Would love to see Anderson get a game…maybe rest carrick and scholes for Liverpool. Would love kagawa to start too. What’s up with rvps leg/hamstring? Seen he’s been wearing that blue strap for quite a while now. Gwan lads. Let’s get this cl campaign on the show. No fucking about as well please fergie

  3. @Morten – Welbz is wasted on the left. I’d rather Nani there any day of the week. Nani looked solid vs Wigan as well, looks as if he’s going to be an important playerf or us this season. Its a joke how so many United fans want him out!? Imo there not too many wingers that u can replace Nani with today.

    Can’t wait for tonights game! Let’s av it lads!

  4. I would prefer that fergie rest kagawa and carrick for sunday match that the most important thing and the team will be : de gea,rafael,vidic,evans,evra,valencia,anderson,cleavesly,nani and van persie with chicharito in a system 4-4-2.

  5. A lot of specualtion Wayne Rroney could be set to return tonight…hmm possibly a place for him on the bench or is it too soon? Great interview with him on MUTV with Stewart Gardner by the way – a must watch for any Red! Legend!

  6. I need the combination of Degea, Rafal, Buthner, polschol Rio Vidic Velencia kagawa RVP Welback and Nani in todays marche but in sundays marche againt liverpool ineed Andeson to replaced one of the two midfield,

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