Manchester United pre-game latest: Jones set for start

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Phil Jones is set to make his first start of the season for Manchester United in the Champions League group game against Galatasaray. Jones has been out of action for United since the start of the season as he struggled with constant ankle problems that prevented him from training.

Shinji Kagawa will be out of action for up to another four weeks following a set back with a knee problem. Kagawa picked up the problem during Manchester United’s match against Braga in the competition and was due for a return around now. However, Sir Alex Ferguson has said he could be out until Christmas.

Sir Alex Ferguson has said Manchester United are not intimidated by playing in Turkey. United last played Galatasaray in Turkey in 1993 when they were greeted by some of the most hostile scenes that football has ever seen. United were even helped through the Turkish airport via a separate terminal.

Darren Fletcher says he will help to guide the younger Manchester United players through the trip to Galatasaray. Fletcher is one of the older members of the squad at 28-years-old and as Scotland captain he says he will be looking to protect the younger players in a very hostile Turkish atmosphere.

Galatasaray have come under criticism following a video which shows a fan trying to intimidate Manchester United winger Ashley Young. The video shows the fan trying to dial through to Young before saying ‘Welcome to Hell’. Turkey is world famous for being one of the most hostile places to go and play football away from home.

Manchester United have announced an 11th sponsorship deal this season with Turkish bank Denizbank. The deal allows the bank to have exclusive rights to the Manchester United credit card which it can offer to just fewer than ten million current subscribers. The sponsorship deal with last for at least four years.

Manchester United have seen fan arrest numbers drop by 276 from the previous season. Statistics show that United are one of the clubs with more supporters arrested each season than most other clubs. However, the figures show that fan arrests due to football are down 25% around the country.

Manchester United target Bruno Mendes has had his contract revoked at current club Botafogo. The 18-year-old striker was thought to be on United’s radar until the news broke that a legal argument with former club Guarani caused complications over his current contract.

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