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Sir Alex Ferguson is relishing Manchester United's return to Turkey where they will face Galatasaray in the Champions League.

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United were dumped out of Europe by the Turkish giants at the Ali Sami Yen stadium 19 years ago. Although Galatasaray now play at the modern Turk Telecom Arena the welcome reserved for Ferguson's side was still expected to be intimidating.

Fans turned out in huge numbers to greet United, only to discover Ferguson and his players had exited through a separate terminal at the airport.

"We didn't get the greeting by the fans (this time) - we dodged that," Ferguson said. "In 1993 when we came here it was incredible.

"It was something new and quite frightening. But we've been here a few times since and we're getting used to the Turkish fanaticism and enthusiasm. It's no issue for us."

Darren Fletcher is likely to captain United in the absence of senior figures including Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie, and he echoed Ferguson's fearless mentality to the trip.

"It'll be hostile - the fans are really passionate," he said. "I've not played against Galatasaray but I've been to Bursaspor and Besiktas and it's a unique atmosphere.

"It's a challenge and something we have to experience. For me it's a new stadium, a new occasion and you want to enjoy the experience. Hopefully that brings out the best in your performance."

Michael Carrick is in line to partner Scott Wootton in central defence, while Phil Jones will return to the United starting line-up after knee surgery.

"It's a big day for Phil Jones," Ferguson said. "He's been out all season but has done enough training to make sure his fitness is okay.

"They've all been different types of injuries and because he is young, he's still to develop physically. He's only 20 years of age so there's plenty of time for him.

Nick Powell, 18, a summer signing from Crewe is another young face Ferguson could turn to with his side already having booked their passage into the knockout stages.

"Most of them will have experience of big games and big crowds," Ferguson said. "Obviously for Nick Powell it's completely different - he's played in front of 76,000 as a substitute but this will be his first European away game.

"It will be a big day for him but he has the temperament, which is important."

"We don't consider the young players a gamble," he said. "What we do consider is our reputation and we have to be fair to the other teams in the group.

"When we discussed the team for tomorrow we had to give serious consideration to how the media and the public would react, so we had to think hard about the team we picked."

Manchester United squad:

GK: Sam Johnstone, Anders Lindegaard

DF: Rafael, Alexander Buttner, Phil Jones, Tom Thorpe, Marnick Vermijl, Scott Wootton

MF: Michael Carrick, Davide Petrucci, Larnell Cole, Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher, Anderson, Nick Powell, Ashley Young, Ryan Tunnicliffe

FW: Javier Hernandez, Joshua King, Danny Welbeck, Federico Macheda.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report.


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