Rafael's leap fails to prevent Galatasary from scoring

Manchester United's young turks outmuscled by Galatasaray

Galatasaray 1 Manchester United 0

United's young turks fall to Galatasaray

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Leon Osman believes Steven Gerrard thoroughly deserves to join England's exclusive 100 club.

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Wayne Rooney made little impact in possession and his goal had a touch of luck

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Darren Fletcher brought physicality into the midfield

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Defoe's spectacular strike came in the 79th minute

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omission has caused an uproar

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United begin revamp by signing Kagawa

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Midfield state of play: Who’s out?
Injured: Barry, Wilshere, Rodwell,
Huddlestone, Lampard (right)
Retired: Carrick, Scholes
And that leaves...
Henderson, Jones, Gerrard, Milner,
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Parker,
who is carrying an injury

Sam Wallace: Is Chamberlain the answer to midfield jinx?

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