Dark images are still remembered by United who faced the Istanbul side in the 90's, scenes of riot police protecting Eric Cantona as the Frenchman got quite heated during the game and accused Galatasaray for time wasting. Phil Neville was seen walking in Istanbul airport with pieces of glass stuck to his blazer when their coach was bricked.
Those days of 'hell' that were known at the Ali Sami Yen stadium have died down since Galatasaray moved to the Turk Telecom Arena. One thing is for sure that going to the Turk Telecom Arena will still be an intimidating place for United to play at.
Sir Alex Ferguson mentioned that his side will always remember the 'Welcome to hell' banners and admits that playing Galatasaray is never easy.
Galatasaray must improve their defense if they stand a chance of doing well in the group stages, yesterday Czech defender Tomas Ujfalusi suffered a serious injury whilst training which has added another issue to the back four.
The Lions will meet United at Old Trafford on the 19th of September for the first group stage fixture, their other fixtures include:
Braga (H) Tuesday, 2 October 2012
Cluj (H) Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Cluj (A) Wednesday, 7 November 2012
Manchester United (H) Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Braga (A) Wednesday, 5 December 2012