Five Lessons from Manchester United's 1-0 Defeat to Galatasaray

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Five Lessons from Manchester United's 1-0 Defeat to Galatasaray
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Manchester United suffered a first loss of the 2012/12 UEFA Champions League campaign on Tuesday, going down 1-0 to a competitive Galatasaray side in Istanbul.

Burak Yilmaz scored the only goal of the game to seal victory for the Turkish giants, rising above Darren Fletcher to head past Anders Lindegaard and bag his fifth goal of the competition.

The result, although disappointing at first glance, has little significance for Reds supporters as qualification through to the knockout stages was already secured prior to kickoff and Sir Alex Ferguson will no doubt have been encouraged by his team’s spirited display.

Here, I critique the action at the Turk Telekom Arena and consider what can be learned from Tuesday’s defeat on the continent.

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