Sir Alex Ferguson might have left a number of his senior players at home but former Red Devil Andrew Cole believes Manchester United can still avoid defeat when they play Galatasaray in Champions League Group H tonight.
Four wins from their first four games mean United have already qualified for the last 16 as group winners, allowing Ferguson to rest the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs for the trip to Istanbul.
It is a different story for Galatasaray, who will be going all out for three points in order to boost their chances of making it through to the first knock-out round.
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Even so, Cole believes that United will be able to build on their impressive European form and frustrate the reigning Super Lig champions.
Speaking at a training day organised by Manchester United and bwin, the 1999 Champions League winner said: “Galatasaray have to win in order to qualify in second in the group so it’s going to be a tough game but the form [United] are in I’d like to think [they] can go out there and get a positive result.”
Galatasaray are 21/20 favourites to win the match with bwin, leaving the draw at 14/5 and a victory for the Red Devils at 21/10.
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Cole also talked about the fast start made to his Manchester United career by summer signing Van Persie and predicted the Dutchman’s goals could prove the difference between winning and losing trophies.
“It’s frightening. He’s got 11 goals so far already this season. When you get a player of that quality you know what he’s going to bring to the football club. He’s done that straight away and long may it continue,” he said.
“Hopefully at the end of the season with his goals and the goals from other members of the team [United] will end up with some silverware.”