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Unconvincing Manchester United off to winning start

Published on Sep 20, 2012 7:07 AM
Manchester United's British midfielder Michael Carrick (right) beats Galatasaray's Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera to score during an UEFA Champions League Group H football match between Manchester United and Galatasaray at Old Trafford in Manchester, on September 19, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Michael Carrick's first European goal in three years saw Manchester United start their Champions League campaign with a 1-0 victory over Galatasary at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

It was far from the convincing performance that manager Sir Alex Ferguson had asked of his players as their Turkish opponents twice hit the woodwork and failed with two very strong penalty claims.

United also missed a penalty for the third consecutive game, with Nani failing with a second half effort which would have brought United some much-needed breathing space.

However, after their embarrassing group-stage elimination last season, this was at least a step in the right direction.

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