Writer: Red Boy
Date:Thursday September 20 2012
Our Champions League campaign got off to a winning start but on an evening when we could have won quite comfortably, we were left to sweat as Galatasaray almost snatched a late equaliser.
The United team took to the pitch wearing black armbands in memory of the two policewomen who were gunned down in Manchester on Tuesday, a poignant touch.
Almost straight form the kick-off Galatasaray believed they should have had a penalty when Vidic was slow to react to a pass from Evra and appeared to haul Umut Bulut down but the referee, Wolfgang Stark waved play on.
Seven minutes into the game United took the lead and it was a goal carved out by Michael Carrick who exchanged passes with Van Persie and Kagawa before trying to round the keeper Fernando Muslera. The keeper tried to trip Carrick but the midfielder had the guile to still hook the ball home.
Galatasaray responded well with Nordin Amrabt hitting the bar whilst Hamit Altinthorp saw a shot glance the post. At times United`s play was dazzling but there wasn`t that killer instinct present to see off a tem like Galatasaray who were back in the Champions League after a five year absence.
The second half, just seven minutes old, saw United presented with a glorious opportunity to double their lead when Rafael was fouled and Nani stepped up to take the penalty. Sadly Nani`s spot kick was weak and easily saved.
Galatasaray sensed that the game could be rescued and almost pulled level but an effort from Selcuk Inan brushed the post and David De Gea recalled in place of Anders Lindegaard pulled off a fantastic double save to deny Burak Yilmaz and Emre Colak.
With the Old Trafford crowd getting edgier by the minute, Wolfgang Stark came to our rescue again, in the last minute, denying Galatasaray a penalty after Jonny Evans felled Aydin Yilmaz.
The win was Sir Alex Ferguson`s 100th in the Champions League although there were as many questions as answers last night.
Date:Thursday September 20 2012
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