Statistics & Post-Match Quotes | Manchester United 1-0 Galatasaray (UEFA Champions League)

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TEAM STATISTICS

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United

Galatasaray

Shots (on target)

20 (6) 14 (3)

Total Passes Completed

406 345

Passing Accuracy

86% 80%

Ball Possession

53% 47%

Tackles won

14 24

Interceptions

13 8

Fouls

22 10

Corners

7 7

Offsides

2 3

MUFC PLAYER STATISTICS

* David de Gea (goalkeeper): 10/20 passing (50%), 0 goals conceded, 3 saves


* Jonny Evans (right-center-back): 35/39 passing (90%), 1/1 long balls, 1 tackle, 1 interception, 11 clearances (5 effective), 1 shot blocked, 0 fouls

* Nemanja Vidic (left-center-back): 19/21 passing (90%), 1/3 long balls, 0 tackles, 1 interception, 12 clearances (9 effective), 0 shots blocked, 5 fouls

* Rafael (right-back): 37/40 passing (93%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 1/1 long ball, 1 successful dribble, 5 fouls won, 2 tackles, 0 interceptions, 4 clearances (3 effective) 0 shots blocked, 3 fouls

* Patrice Evra (left-back): 31/36 passing (86%), 0 chances created, 0/1 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 3 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 2 tackles, 2 interceptions, 5 clearances (2 effective), 1 shot blocked, 2 fouls

* Michael Carrick (central-midfield): 75/80 passing (94%), 1 chance created, 0/0 crosses, 6/7 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 3 tackles, 1 interception, 1 shot (1 on target), 1 goal

* Paul Scholes (central-midfielder | substituted off 79'): 2 chances created, 54/58 passing (93%), 0/1 crosses, 9/10 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 3 tackles, 1 interception, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Antonio Valencia (right-winger): 30/40 passing (75%), 0 chances created, 1/13 crosses, 1/2 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 4 successful dribbles, 1 foul won, 1 tackle, 2 interceptions, 1 shot (0 on target)

* Nani (left-winger): 41/51 passing (80%), 5 chances created, 1/4 crosses, 2/3 long balls, 1/1 through balls, 4 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 1 tackle, 3 interceptions, 8 shots (3 on target)

* Shinji Kagawa (central-attacking-midfielder | substituted off 84'): 49/55 passing (89%), 3 chances created, 0/2 crosses, 0/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 1 successful dribble, 0 fouls won, 1 tackle, 2 interceptions, 2 shots (0 on target), 1 assist

* Robin van Persie (striker | substituted off 81'): 15/19 passing (79%), 4 chances created, 3/3 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 2 shots (0 on target)

* Darren Fletcher (central-midfield | substituted on 79'): 3/5 passing (60%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 0/0 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 tackles, 0 interceptions, 0 shots

* Javier Hernandez (striker | substituted on 81'): 3/3 passing (100%), 0 chances created, 0/0 crosses, 1/1 long balls, 0/0 through balls, 0 successful dribbles, 0 fouls won, 3 shots (1 on target)

POST-MATCH QUOTES

Sir Alex Ferguson | MUFC manager (courtesy of Sky Sports)

(Overall thoughts on the match...) "Galatasaray have got more experience in their team and in the first half we gave the ball away and they counter-attacked well from that. I think [there was a] lack of concentration at times. It's unusual for us to be as frivolous with the ball. In the second half we did much better in that respect. I was pleased with the second half - it was more solid, we had better concentration and we saw it out really well. They never made any chances and all the chances fell to us - we could have scored four or five in the second half. They were very confident in their play and possession. You get that with these European teams. Not a problem; you just have to be patient and make sure that when you're in possession you make it count and with missing the chances we did in the second half, we keep ourselves on the edge."

(On United's standing in Group H...) "I think getting three points in the first game is a bonus. If you go back to last season we got a point in Benfica, then a point at home... so three points are really important. With Cluj beating Braga away sets up a really interesting game for the next match."

(On Fletcher's return...) "He's been out for a long time and I think the supporters recognise what a difficult time the lad's had. That [the crowd's ovation] was a mark of respect to a really honest and tremendous young lad. I was pleased for him. He didn't do great but he didn't do badly. Taking into consideration it was his first game for ten months, I think he acquitted himself very well."

(On Nani's missed penalty...) "I thought Robin [van Persie] should have taken it. I think Nani just ran and grabbed the ball. Missing the penalty kick still keeps them in the game"

Michael Carrick | MUFC central-midfielder (courtesy of Sky Sports)

(Overall thoughts...) "It's vital we got off to a winning start after last year, really. It was vital we won at home, especially against a good team - and they really are a very decent team. They kept possession very well. At times I thought we defended well, especially in the second half when we limited them to possession without really hurting us. That was a good sign for us. They counter-attacked on us quite well and were a bit of a threat, but we nullified that in the second half and overall we can be happy; we've played some good stuff and we've won the game."

(On being hauled down by Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera prior to still scoring his goal...) "It's hard, you know, I don't get many so when the chance is there. Obviously you can go down and stay down and there's a chance maybe of him getting sent off, but we've missed three penalties now so maybe taking the chance was the right one!"

(On the missed penalty by Nani...) "He's [Sir Alex Ferguson] probably got something to say but thankfully each one we've missed, we've won the game and hopefully next time we get one we'll put it away."

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