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Manchester United’s Champions League Group – Braga, Galatasaray and Cluj

Group H
Manchester United
SC Braga – 2011/2012: 3rd in Portugal’s Primeira Liga
Galatasaray – 2011/2012: Turkish champions
CFR 1907 Cluj – 2011/2012: Romanian champions

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  1. Proverb says:

    Utd’s Champions League fixtures. : Sept 19 Galatasaray (h); Oct 2 Cluj (a); Oct 23 Braga (h); Nov 7 Braga (a); Nov 20 Galatasaray (a); Dec 5 Cluj (h)

  2. RedBorneo says:

    You will be die Citeh ..!

  3. Jay says:

    The team better not fuck this up, Barcelona have a relatively easy group but I guess it is Manchester United that most people have a problem with.

    Regarding Ronaldo’s reaction to Iniesta winning the award, I thought it was more about him being disappointed, Messi smiled because it was his teammate and friend. I don’t think Iniesta deserved it to be honest just because he had a great Euro 2012. Ronaldo and Messi had a better season than him and I could name 20 players who had a better season than Iniesta so I can see why he is frustrated.

  4. RedBorneo says:

    Thanks for schedule mate..!

  5. LoneStarRed says:

    No guarantees, no games won before we take the pitch. We must DEFEAT these teams and make a statement. Early points in the bag = less pain and more rest for EPL matches later.

  6. LoneStarRed says:

    We must not take these teams lightly. Our mental preparation must be the same as if we are playing a Madrid or Bayern. Xerdan Sharqui, formerly of Basel now newly at Bayern Munich, said that during the pregame warmups Basel could sense that we took them lightly and thought we had already won. That inspired them to keep coming after us. We know the results of that!

    We must be professional, clinical and control the tempo. This is our preparation. What City or others do is beyond our control. We handle OUR business and let other teams fear US!

  7. Costas says:


    I think the defence will be the key. United have navigated straight forward group stages in the past, but there was littke tinkering going on with the back 4. Hope we don’t ask a lot out of Nemanja and Rio, but they will have to play the first 3-4 games.

    We know the dates now, so to update my post:

    Galatasaray at home is followed by Liverpool away
    Cluj away is followed by Newcastle away
    Braga at home 3 is followed by Chelsea away
    Braga away is followed by Villa away
    Galatasaray away is followed by QPR home
    Cluj at home is followed by City away

    The big plus? We have home games before Liverpool, Chelsea and City. This is immense.

  8. connor says:

    Galatasaray has a really good team this year. They got a new stadium and just like SAF said it will be hell. But I disagree with the people that think they will get stabbed etc. its not that bad anymore its 2012 not 1994.

  9. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Costas
    Very true about the CL matches at home prior to EPL clashes. That will aid our cause.

    I might get on Blue Moon later for a laugh. There has got to be some MASSIVE naysing going on there regarding their draw. And therein lies the lesson in UCL draws. Past and sustained UCL success rewards you with a higher coefficient for the draws. Thus City’s and Dortmund’s league triumphs weight little. PSG just plain got lucky.

  10. andy says:

    You were in a really easy group last year and failed to qualify.

  11. DreadedRed says:


    You weren’t in a group last year, and you aren’t in one this year either.

    Right now you’re struggling to score at home to Hearts.

  12. tan says:

    As Galatasaray, we have a very strong team this year. it will be a good match in istanbul. u are all welcome! as connor said, its not 94 anymore! i think manu and us will be at the first 2.

  13. LoneStarRed says:

    @ Andy
    How pathetic are you? I would pity you if I wasn’t so busy laughing.

  14. evisu says:

    We got an easy group again, if we dont qualify this time SAF can retire. City’s group hard again, dont think they will make it

  15. wiuru says:

    I think Citeh will manage just fine ! ( No harm in me trying my Bobby Manc mind games )

    In the real world i can only hope we do not become over cautious .

  16. nesh says:

    great for berba deserves to start every game not sit in a bench.

  17. nesh says:

    good draw for us but going with what happened last season, we cant afford to be complacent. It will be interesting to see what Istanbul have for us this time.

  18. uA says:


    you are so damn right samuel.. i just agree with you that english football fans and turkish ones doesnt really mix.

  19. lordrt says:

    If we don’t get past this group I’ll eat my shoes off :P

  20. gs1905 says:

    in 1993 we had a 28.000 people in hell and its 2012 we have 54.000 people in hell.

    we will welcome you to the double up hell. waiting manu.

  21. ultrAslan-GALATASARAY! says:

    You have experienced to be in our hell in 1993 but it was in our old stadium , with 25.000 fans.
    Today we have greater stadium (TT ARENA ) with 55.000 crazy fans and you will see our new hell , you will feel the intimidation on your HEART ! Come on red devils , we wait you with great atmosphere.

  22. GSam says:

    We welcome you to our new Hell!

    If we manage to get last seasons form back with Felipe Melo and Selcuk Inan. there is no chance we will lose this game.

    Mark my words: Be aware of Selcuk Inans freekicks. His name might sound unknown in Europe but after Champions league everyone will rate him as N1 freekick taker. He takes them like penalties.


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