Erik ten Hag urges players to maintain composure against Galatasaray with the mindset of making it their own game.

Erik ten Hag emphasizes the importance of maintaining composure in order to handle the intense environment at Galatasaray during Wednesday’s pivotal Champions League match.

Ten Hag’s team is currently in last place in Group A with three points, trailing behind the Turkish champions and second-place Copenhagen. The group leaders, Bayern Munich, have 12 points.

In 1993, Manchester United, led by Sir Alex Ferguson, played a draw against Galatasaray in a highly charged atmosphere at the club’s old Ali Sami Yen Stadium. This was after the team was famously welcomed with a “Welcome to Hell” banner upon their arrival at the Istanbul airport. In 2012, Ferguson’s team suffered a 1-0 loss at the same stadium in a meaningless group game for United.

Galatasaray. “It is history,” he said. “Manchester United has a great history – we [our side] have to make our own.”

Bruno Fernandes agreed. “As a child, you dream of playing in an atmosphere like this,” said the team captain. “We all know that playing against Galatasaray away will be incredible, with an amazing atmosphere. As a player, I thrive in these types of games and stadiums because it gives me a huge motivation. Even though we know the crowd will be against us, we have confidence that our away fans will also give us a strong support.”

Ten Hag wouldn’t worry about playing 18-year-old Kobbie Mainoo, who made his first start in the Premier League on Sunday in the victory against Everton. The manager stated, “If a player is skilled, their age doesn’t matter.”

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Rasmus Højlund and Antony participated in training on Tuesday after recovering from injuries. Ajax’s coach Ten Hag confirmed that they are both included in the squad. This news is especially beneficial with Marcus Rashford being suspended, as Højlund is currently tied for the top scorer in the competition with five goals.

It is possible that Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s acquisition of a 25% stake in United will be made official by next week at the earliest.