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Gustav Svensson takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.
Corner taken by Ali Tandogan from the right by-line.
Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Dimitar Berbatov goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Rafael Da Silva takes a shot. Ivan Ergic gets a block in.
Corner taken right-footed by Gabriel Obertan to the near post, Omer Erdogan manages to make a clearance.
Ali Tandogan has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
Shot from just outside the area by Gokcek Wederson goes over the bar.
The referee blows for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Free kick taken by Dimitar Ivankov.
Corner from left by-line taken by Tiago Bebe. Volkan Sen goes off and Ismail Odabasi comes on.
The offside flag is raised against Dimitar Berbatov. Fabio Da Silva is brought on as a substitute for Patrice Evra. Direct free kick taken by Dimitar Ivankov.
A goal is scored by Tiago Bebe from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Bursaspor 0-3 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Paul Scholes.
Corner from right by-line taken by Ali Tandogan. Effort from deep inside the area by Ibrahim Ozturk misses to the left of the goal.
Leonal Nunez replaces Federico Insua. Ozan Ipek comes on in place of Sercan Yildirim.
Gabriel Obertan scores a goal from just inside the area to the top left corner of the goal. Bursaspor 0-2 Man Utd.Assist by Ji-Sung Park.
Sercan Yildirim takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Gokcek Wederson fouled by Tiago Bebe, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ibrahim Ozturk.
Paul Scholes challenges Volkan Sen unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ali Tandogan.
A cross is delivered by Gokcek Wederson, clearance by Nemanja Vidic. Corner taken by Ali Tandogan played to the near post, clearance made by Chris Smalling.
Tiago Bebe takes a shot. Blocked by Ibrahim Ozturk. Corner taken by Gabriel Obertan from the right by-line, Paul Scholes has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide left of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Volkan Sen. Michael Carrick takes the free kick.
Tiago Bebe on for Darren Fletcher.
Effort on goal by Volkan Sen from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Volkan Sen fouled by Rafael Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Volkan Sen restarts play with the free kick.
Rafael Da Silva concedes a free kick for a foul on Volkan Sen. Gokcek Wederson takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Gokcek Wederson from the left by-line, Shot from close range by Omer Erdogan misses to the right of the target.
Federico Insua takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a comfortable save.
Ivan Ergic takes a shot. Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
Ivan Ergic sends in a cross.
Darren Fletcher scores a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Bursaspor 0-1 Man Utd.The assist for the goal came from Michael Carrick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Darren Fletcher. Indirect free kick taken by Omer Erdogan.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gustav Svensson by Rafael Da Silva. Direct free kick taken by Gustav Svensson.
Effort on goal by Gustav Svensson from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
A cross is delivered by Volkan Sen, clearance made by Nemanja Vidic.
Ji-Sung Park takes a shot. Blocked by Omer Erdogan.
Federico Insua challenges Darren Fletcher unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Fletcher restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Sercan Yildirim by Chris Smalling results in a free kick. Ivan Ergic takes the direct free kick.
Handball decision goes against Paul Scholes. Paul Scholes takes a shot. Dimitar Ivankov takes the direct free kick.
Dimitar Berbatov is ruled offside. Dimitar Ivankov restarts play with the free kick.
Patrice Evra challenges Turgay Bahadir unfairly and gives away a free kick. Volkan Sen delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.
Centre by Patrice Evra, Close range shot by Darren Fletcher goes wide of the left-hand post.
Outswinging corner taken by Patrice Evra from the left by-line, save made by Dimitar Ivankov.
Centre by Ali Tandogan, blocked by Patrice Evra. Ji-Sung Park replaces Luis Nani. Corner taken by Ali Tandogan. Volkan Sen takes a shot. Comfortable save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Turgay Bahadir gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rafael Da Silva. Direct free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
The ball is delivered by Volkan Sen.
Centre by Turgay Bahadir, Nemanja Vidic manages to make a clearance.
Rafael Da Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Volkan Sen. Direct free kick taken by Gustav Svensson.
Turgay Bahadir takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gokcek Wederson, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Volkan Sen, Edwin Van der Sar makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Dimitar Berbatov.
Rafael Da Silva produces a cross, clearance made by Ibrahim Ozturk.
The ball is sent over by Patrice Evra, clearance made by Gokcek Wederson.
Turgay Bahadir produces a cross, clearance by Nemanja Vidic.
The ball is swung over by Darren Fletcher, Omer Erdogan makes a clearance. Short corner taken by Luis Nani from the left by-line. Luis Nani produces a cross, blocked by Sercan Yildirim.
Shot from 20 yards from Dimitar Berbatov. Save made by Dimitar Ivankov.
Centre by Rafael Da Silva, Ibrahim Ozturk gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Volkan Sen.
Patrice Evra delivers the ball, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save made by Dimitar Ivankov.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Volkan Sen by Rafael Da Silva. Gokcek Wederson takes the direct free kick.
Gabriel Obertan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gustav Svensson. Ivan Ergic restarts play with the free kick.
Federico Insua crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Turgay Bahadir from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
The ball is delivered by Sercan Yildirim, Chris Smalling gets a block in. Gokcek Wederson decides to take the corner short. A cross is delivered by Turgay Bahadir, Nemanja Vidic makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Dimitar Berbatov. Ibrahim Ozturk takes the indirect free kick.
The match has kicked off.
Sir Alex Ferguson still insists the Champions League is the best tournament in the world and likened the World Cup to a trip to the dentist.
Europe's biggest domestic club competition has had its detractors in recent times. Some critics believe the new qualification rules, instigated by UEFA president Michel Platini to get a wider representation across the continent as a whole, have made the group phase less competitive.
Even though United started this season's competition with a home draw against Rangers, they could virtually book their knock-out phase berth with two games to spare should results fall their way.
Chelsea and Arsenal are even better placed in their groups and with crowds dropping at some grounds - though not Old Trafford it has to be noted - there has been speculation about a revamp.
But Ferguson is not concerned.
While the Scot accepts occasions like Tuesday's against Bursaspor may not live in the memory quite as long as United's recent meetings against giants from Spain, Italy and Germany, he views it as a natural consequence of any top-level competition.
And, compared with the drab fare served up in South Africa this summer, he has no doubt which tournament he would prefer to be involved with.
"Have you seen the last six World Cups? It is better going to the dentist I suppose," he said.
"It is a natural thing. If you look at the great teams in the European Cup now and think of the Premier League, you are not going to get the same crowd for Arsenal playing a lower team in the league, or the same tension and drama as you would Arsenal against Manchester United.
"It is the same in the Champions League. Inter Milan playing one of the smaller teams will not get the same crowd.
"The important thing is the Champions League has proved itself since its inception.
"It is better than the World Cup. It is unbelievable. There are some fantastic games. Yes, you have to get through the group stages before you get to the really exciting stage but it is a fantastic tournament."
Without a point from three games so far, Bursaspor will tackle a United team lacking eight members of Ferguson's first-team squad, including Rio Ferdinand.
While Ferguson has several key players missing, opposite number Ertugrul Saglam has a full squad to choose from.
Despite leading the Turkish Super Lig during the defence of their domestic title, Bursaspor have been criticised for their performances this season as they sit bottom of Group C having yet to win a point.
"There's a huge difference in quality between the rest of the group and our squad," Saglam admitted.
"Here in Turkey we became successful in a very short period of time and all of a sudden we found ourselves competing in the Champions League.
"It is difficult to challenge the opponents we have."
He added: "We made a poor start with Valencia, but after a good fight in Glasgow, we played a good game and were a bit unfortunate not to get a goal.
"Then at Old Trafford in front of 75,000 people, it is difficult for every team."
United coast to victory
Manchester United shrugged off the loss of star man Nani to claim a very impressive 3-0 Champions League win over Bursaspor.
Second-half goals from Darren Fletcher, Gabriel Obertan and Bebe extended United's unbeaten record in all competitions to 23 matches and ensured they only require a draw against Rangers at Ibrox on November 24 to claim their customary place in the knockout phase with a game to spare.
And, as Nani is already rated doubtful to face Wolves on Saturday after limping off with a groin injury midway through the opening period, Sir Alex Ferguson must have been delighted that two of his back-up wide-men followed up Fletcher's opener - only his second Champions League goal in his 50th appearance in the competition - to seal a comfortable win.
Already without 10 players on this trip, including the rested Rio Ferdinand United could ill afford to lose anyone else.
In Antonio Valencia's long-term absence, Nani has stepped into the breach superbly this term, shouldering so much responsibility attacking from wide positions, drawing high praise from Arsene Wenger yesterday.
As the Portugal wideman made his way to the bench after the briefest of delays for treatment, not even waiting for Park Ji-sung to get ready to replace him, Ferguson could only hope the winger's problem is a minor one given a number of key Premier League encounters await, not least next Wednesday's Manchester derby at Eastlands.
Not that Nani had actually been too threatening on this occasion.
It was Obertan, making only his second start of the season, who took that role, providing the well executed pass which provided lone frontman Dimitar Berbatov with his clearest sight of goal.
Unfortunately for United, the Bulgarian's well-struck effort flew straight at his fellow countryman Dimitar Ivankov.
Paul Scholes did not even manage that as he touched the ball with his standing leg after Berbatov had played him in, meaning his eventual shot was of the fresh-air variety, drawing a rueful smile from Ferguson.
Scholes did finish neatly before half-time but German official Wolfgang Stark had spotted his handball in the build-up, while Fletcher's volley was well struck but so far wide the man who provided the cross, Patrice Evra, ended up trying to nod it back into the area.
Bursaspor were marginally more dangerous, with Volkan Sen much improved on his woeful efforts at Old Trafford a fortnight ago when the Turkish champions slipped to defeat without much of a fight.
It was Turgay Bahadir who spurned the hosts' best chance though when Sercan Yildirim provided an intelligent square ball that invited a finish after United's defence had been exposed two-on-two.
Thankfully for the visitors, veteran goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar was alive to the danger, advanced quickly, and made an impressive block with his shoulder.
Rather than feel sorry for themselves, United used the interval to refocus.
Within two minutes it had paid dividends.
A concerted period of pressure around the Bursaspor box resulted in Michael Carrick picking out Fletcher with an excellent pass to the corner of a packed penalty area.
This time, Fletcher's aim was true and his shot rattled into the far corner.
Given his mounting injury problems, it was perhaps no surprise Ferguson opted to replace Fletcher not long afterwards after his fellow Scot had taken an awkward-looking tumble by the touchline.
Bebe was introduced to provide more width, although containing Sen appeared to be the key to a United victory and Nemanja Vidic was forced to make a well-timed intervention to prevent Yildirim reaching the playmaker's cross.
But any doubt over the outcome was ended 17 minutes from time when Park released Obertan, who intelligently stepped inside Ali Tandogan before crashing a shot into the roof of the Bursaspor net.
It was a neat way to claim his first United goal and on their next attack, the visitors had another with Bebe running on to Scholes' brilliantly disguised pass before calmly finishing from 10 yards.
Ferguson must have been as delighted with the scorers as the score.
Given the state of his medical room, two of his unsung heroes may have a big part to play in the coming weeks.
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