Last Updated: Tue, 20 Nov 2012 13:50
Darren Fletcher claims he will not be intimidated by the hostile Galatasaray fans in Manchester United's Champions League clash.
The 28-year-old Scotland international midfielder is likely to be named captain for the Group H encounter on Tuesday as United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is set to name a team made up of several younger players given that they have already secured a place in the last-16 of the competition.
And, while a game in Turkey against Galatasaray evokes memories of the frenzied home fans greeting the likes of Bryan Robson and Eric Cantona at the airport with a 'Welcome to Hell' banner for a European game 19 years ago, Fletcher is not worried.
United's players and officials avoided a repeat of that scene as they opted to go through a side exit at Istanbul airport, while Fletcher is relishing the hot-house atmosphere the fans will bring to the game at the Turk Telecom Arena.
"It'll be hostile - the fans are really passionate," he said.
"I've not played against Galatasaray but I've been to Bursaspor and Besiktas and it's a unique atmosphere.
"It's a challenge and something we have to experience. For me it's a new stadium, a new occasion and you want to enjoy the experience. Hopefully that brings out the best in your performance."
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