Ahead of this week’s game against Galatasaray, Ryan Giggs has reflected on when he travelled to Turkey in 1993 and were welcomed to “hell” by their supporters.
United had drawn with them 3-3 at home so the goalless draw meant we were knocked out of the competition on away goals, but Giggs says the atmosphere in the ground that night is something he’ll never forget.
“I remember it vividly. It’s one of those memories that will always stick with you,” he told the official site. “When we arrived at the airport, there were all the banners and thousands of fans screaming at you. There were things thrown at us when we were driving away on the coach, fans outside the hotel chanting all night making sure we didn’t get any sleep and people phoning the hotel rooms. It had everything. But they were a good team and a good club. It is a fantastic game to be involved in, especially away from home. It is an atmosphere a lot of the lads won’t have witnessed before. The atmosphere back then was something I tried to enjoy as much as I could. The manager told us to go on the pitch and sample the atmosphere. The fans had been in the ground for hours and hours so it was buzzing 90 minutes before kick-off. We were stood in the middle of the pitch watching the fans chant. It was one stand to another. It was a brilliant atmosphere if I am honest but obviously the game didn’t pan out the way we wanted. They were a good team then and they will be a good team now.”