Galatasaray vs. Manchester United: Players to Watch in Champions League Clash

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Galatasaray vs. Manchester United: Players to Watch in Champions League Clash
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Manchester United and Turkish football club Galatasaray will square off for the second time this fall in a Champions League Group H match in Istanbul.

The Red Devils sunk Gala 1-0 at Old Trafford back in September, and can add to their group-leading 12 points with a win or draw away from home on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Fatih Terim's side is in desperate need of a point at the very least in order to keep pace with Cluj in Group H.

Here, we get you set for Tuesday's Champions League showdown with a breakdown of some key players to keep an eye on.

 

When: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Where: Turk Telekom Arena, Istanbul

Kick-off: 2:45 p.m. ET

 

Players to Watch

Michael Carrick, Manchester United

United's veteran midfielder Michael Carrick went unused in the club's last Champions League outing against Braga, but could see certainly see some significant time on the pitch in Tuesday's match, with Sir Alex Ferguson looking to rest some big names.

After all, it was Carrick's seventh-minute goal that put United ahead for good in the two clubs' first meeting two months ago.

Not only does the 31-year-old Carrick present a scoring threat in midfield, but he's most well known for his ability to spread the ball around to the Red Devils' other weapons. With Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck likely playing up top for United, Carrick's distribution skills will be key for the visiting side.

 

Burak Yilmaz, Galatasaray

If Galatasaray scores on Tuesday, expect the goal to come from Burak Yilmaz. Yilmaz has scored all four of the club's Champions League goals in 2012, and recorded a hat-trick in his last Champions League outing against Cluj earlier in November (as seen above).

The 27-year-old forward plays for the Turkish national team and has scored six international goals since June 2011.

It seems like Yilmaz is always in the right place at the right time. He'll need to be on Tuesday, though, as Galatasaray have their work cut out for them going up against mighty Manchester United. Yilmaz tallied just three shots in the club's 1-0 loss to United at Old Trafford last September. 

 

Javier Hernandez, Manchester United

Javier Hernandez, better known as Chicharito, has scored three goals for Sir Alex Ferguson in United's last two Champions League matches, proving to be an unstoppable talent with the ball in scoring position.

Chicharito has netted at least one goal in seven of his past nine appearances for the Red Devils, and he'll certainly be the side's greatest threat going forward on Tuesday. The 24-year-old has plenty of speed to beat defenders, but his incredible finishing strength and knack for putting balls on target are what set him apart.

It's safe to say that Chicharito will score at least once on Tuesday. He's on fire in Champions League play right now and will have a chip on his shoulder after being shut out by Gala the first time around.

 

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