Old Trafford - Manchester 19/09/2012 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Group stage - Group H

Man. United - Galatasaray
1-0
 

Man. United - Galatasaray 1-0 - 19/09/2012 - Match page - UEFA Champions League 2013

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United survive Galatasaray scare to claim win

Published: Wednesday 19 September 2012, 23.00CET
United survive Galatasaray scare to claim win 
Man. United-Galatasaray reaction ©Getty Images

Michael Carrick's early goal gave Manchester United FC a winning start to their Group H campaign but they had to work hard to overcome a spirited Galatasaray AŞ side at Old Trafford.

Carrick's seventh-minute goal, his first in the UEFA Champions League for three years, proved the difference on a night when Nani had a second-half penalty saved and two Galatasaray shots came back off the woodwork. It was an intriguing contest and not the comfortable victory that Carrick's opener promised.

Match in 5

  • Carrick scores only goal on seven minutes
  • Amrabat and Altıntop hit woodwork before half-time
  • Nani's 53rd-minute penalty saved by Muslera
  • United start record 17th successive group stage
  • Galatasaray host Braga next, United travel to CFR

Reaction

It was a good opening game. Three points are very important, especially when you look at what happened to us last season. We were more solid at the back, and all the chances fell to us.

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager

Sir Alex Ferguson, Manchester United manager

We are sad about the defeat. The result is not positive but it made us happy to see the Galatasaray spirit on the pitch. We were denied by the woodwork on three occasions.

Fatih Terim, Galatasaray coach

Fatih Terim, Galatasaray coach

 

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Standings

Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   

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Match statistics

Man. United
Galatasaray

1

Goals scored

0

48

Possession (%)

52

18

Total attempts

13

10

Attempts on target

5

8

Attempts off target

8

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

3

7

Corners

7

1

Offsides

3

3

Yellow cards

1

0

Red Cards

0

21

Fouls committed

11

10

Fouls suffered

19

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Manchster United do just enough to win as they start out on a record 17th consecutive UEFA Champions League group stage campaign. It was anything but simple though, despite Michael Carrick's early goal, as Galatasaray went close numerous times, Nordin Amrabat, Hamit Altıntop and Selçuk İnan all grazing the woodwork.
  • Substitution
    84
    Welbeck (in) - Kagawa (out) (Man. United)
  • Substitution
    81
    Hernández (in) - Van Persie (out) (Man. United)
  • Yellow Card
    81
    Van Persie (Man. United) is booked.
  • Substitution
    79
    Aydın Yılmaz (in) - Felipe Melo (out) (Galatasaray)

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