United's young guns lose out to Galatasaray
MANCHESTER United got burned once more on their return to 'Hell' as Galatasaray ended their 100 per cent record in Champions League Group H.
Burak Yilmaz's second-half goal was enough to give the Turkish side a deserved victory and take them to the brink of qualification for the knockout stage.
United's position in the last 16 was already confirmed, so the damage, beyond any sustained as a result of the ear-splitting din, cannot be compared to the tumult that unfolded on United's first meeting with Galatasaray in Istanbul 19 years ago.
Indeed, for untested youngsters such as Nick Powell it may prove to be a very valuable part of their footballing education.
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At 18 years and 242 days, Powell was becoming the second youngest Englishman to feature for United in the Champions League.
That Kieran Richardson holds the record proves that just being here is no guarantee of a successful career at the very highest level.
The experience can have done Powell no harm whatsoever though.
It would be almost impossible for the Galatasaray fans to live up to their 'Welcome to Hell' billing completely. They do make a heck of a noise, though.
And the contrast between the Turk Telecom Arena and the Globe Arena in Morecambe is pretty marked, that is for sure.
That is where Powell was playing, in front of 2,169 hardy souls exactly a year and a day ago, which underlines exactly how far the midfielder has come.
The only goal of the game came in the 54th minute. The visitors were caught napping at a corner, with Yilmaz finding enough room on the edge of the six-yard box to steer his header into the net.