United beaten in Istanbul

St Helens Star: Sir Alex Ferguson's side had a night to forget in Istanbul Sir Alex Ferguson's side had a night to forget in Istanbul

Manchester United got burned once more on their return to 'Hell' as Galatasaray ended their 100% record in Champions League Group H with a 1-0 victory over Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

Burak Yilmaz's second-half goal was enough to give the Turkish side a deserved victory and take them to the brink of qualification for the knockout stage.

United's position in the last 16 was already confirmed so the damage, beyond any sustained as a result of the ear-splitting din, cannot be compared to the tumult that unfolded on United's first meeting with Galatasaray in Istanbul 19 years ago.

Indeed, for untested youngsters such as Nick Powell it may prove to be a very valuable part of their footballing education. At 18 years and 242 days, Powell was becoming the second youngest Englishman to feature for United in the Champions League.

It was little wonder that Powell took a bit of time to get used to the surroundings. Not even three substitute appearances for United, and a goal on his debut against Wigan, could have prepared him for this.

So a couple of wrong decisions were made and a couple of final passes went astray before Powell got into the swing of things. But when Tom Cleverley drifted a corner to the far post in the latter stages of the opening period, Powell rose confidently to power a header against the crossbar.

Moments later, an intelligent run into the box almost got him on the end of Javier Hernandez's curling cross. It was as close as United came in the first half. Defensively they were solid though, with Phil Jones impressing on his first appearance of the season.

Anders Lindegaard had only one notable save to make, turning away a curling effort from Hamit Altintop. But that all changed after the interval.

Former Liverpool man Albert Riera tested the Dane's reflexes with a long-range effort before Lindegaard did superbly to tip Felipe Melo's firm header over the bar. The visitors were caught napping at the corner though, with Yilmaz finding enough room on the edge of the six-yard box to steer his header into the net.

It could have been worse too as Altintop rattled Lindegaard's crossbar with a ferocious long-range effort. Ferguson tried to revive his troops with the late introductions of Ashley Young, Federico Macheda and Joshua King, but it was all to no avail.

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