Manchester United can afford to relax heading into European tie with Galatasaray
Last Updated: 21/11/12 9:33am
Sir Alex Ferguson: Has already steered Manchester United into the last 16
Manchester United have already booked their place in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League so can afford to take their foot off the gas during a trip to Galatasaray on Tuesday.
Maximum points from their opening four fixtures have seen the Red Devils through to the knockout stage with two games spare.
Sir Alex Ferguson now finds himself in the enviable position of being able to rest key men and rotate his squad.
United will not roll over for anyone, though, and those sent into continental battle in midweek will be looking to preserve a 100 per cent record and maintain momentum.
A shuffling of the pack by the Premier League outfit could, however, play into Galatasaray's hands as they seek to keep their noses in front in the race for a second-place finish in Group H.
The Turkish giants sit level on points with CFR Cluj and only one ahead of Braga heading into Matchday Five and have work to do if they are to prolong their European adventure.
Galatasaray boss Fatih Terim has vowed to make 'two changes' to his starting XI, following a 3-1 reversal against Kardemir Karabukspor on Friday.
He has, however, stopped short of revealing the identity of those set to be drafted in and out of his plans.
Gala have a virtually fully-fit squad from which to select, with Tomas Ujfalusi their only long-term absentee.
Aydin Yilmaz is a slight doubt heading into the game, as he is struggling with a bout of flu, but Terim claims he will be available 'if needed'.
Captain Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David de Gea have all not travelled to Turkey.
Of the more experienced members of the United squad, Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher are included, as are strike duo Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez.
It means Sir Alex Ferguson's team will have a strong infusion of youth, including Nick Powell, while Josh King, Davide Petrucci, Tom Thorpe and Ryan Tunnicliffe are among those hopeful of having some involvement in the Champions League for the first time.
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 De Gea
- 12 Smalling
- 5 Ferdinand
- 15 Vidic
- 3 Evra
- 24 Fletcher
- 26 Kagawa
- 44 Januzaj
- 8 Mata
- 19 Welbeck
- 20 van Persie
Team taken from Manchester United vs Southampton (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 11th May 2014
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Tue 20th Nov - Group G
Spartak Mos0 - 3Barcelona
Benfica2 - 1Celtic
Tue 20th Nov - Group F
BATE Borisov0 - 2Lille
Valencia1 - 1Bay Munich
Tue 20th Nov - Group H
Galatasaray1 - 0Man Utd
Cluj3 - 1Braga
Tue 20th Nov - Group E
Nordsjaelland2 - 5Shak Donetsk
Juventus3 - 0Chelsea
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Galatasaray v Man Utd
Manchester United's young side equipped themselves well against Galatasaray, says Dwight Yorke.
Sir Alex Ferguson felt his youthful side put up a reasonable show after going down to a 1-0 defeat to Galatasaray.
Defender Phil Jones was delighted to make his comeback for Manchester United after a "torrid" six months.