Man United vs. Galatasaray: Rating the Utd Players in Champions League Opener

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Man United vs. Galatasaray: Rating the Utd Players in Champions League Opener
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Sir Alex Ferguson cannot possibly have been pleased with this performance, despite the result. United were on balance somewhat fortunate to leave with all the points, authors of their own shortcomings.

Very few players emerge from this match with an acceptable rating.

This is becoming a habit. Sir Alex built up the expectations, both in his press conference and his programme notes. Relating back to last season's failure to qualify and his errors in team selection he wrote:

"I will be playing stronger teams and we won't make that mistake again because European competition remains for me, the club and supporters the pinnacle of the game."

That's all very well, but once again United failed to put the opposition away. There were no excuses. Not even Wayne Rooney's absence could be blamed.

There were plenty of chances and yet another woeful penalty miss. Was it bad luck that none of the myriad crosses were converted, or inept finishing?

Once again too many top players in this, supposedly United's strongest available team (according to the Boss) were below par.

Once again, in his frustration, as he did against Wigan on Saturday, he sent his players out early after half-time, no doubt with a thick ear, to get the job done.

This time, they failed and Galatasaray could easily have wrenched a result, despite having only a couple shots on target.

There are no easy matches in Europe. Ferguson wants to win the group early so that he can blood young players in Europe. United will have to do better than this or even Cluj could be a problem.

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