Captain Harry Maguire has told his Manchester United team-mates to expect a ‘tough test’ against ‘really good side’ Istanbul Basaksehir.
The Red Devils have beaten PSG and RB Leipzig to take full points from their opening two matches of this year’s Champions League.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side travel to Istanbul on Wednesday to face Basaksehir, who won their first Turkish title last season ahead of Besiktas, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray.
Basaksehir suffered consecutive 2-0 defeats in their first two European games but boast a number of former Premier League stars, including Rafael da Silva, Gael Clichy, Martin Skrtel and Demba Ba.
‘They’re a good team,’ Manchester United captain Maguire said. ‘We managed to see a bio of the game they played against PSG and they were really good.
‘They were causing them all sorts of problems, so it’s not going to be an easy game going over there.
‘It’s a game that we can’t look too much at our opponents though, we have to make sure we perform like we have done in the Champions League.
‘They went far in the Europa League last year so we expect a tough test, but one where we can travel there and get the three points to stay on top of the group.’
Manchester United will be desperate to return to winning ways on Wednesday night, having suffered a deflating 1-0 defeat to Arsenal over the weekend.
The Red Devils play another nine games in December but Maguire said: ‘
I don’t look at the months.
There are so many games. You play a game, you’ve got to win, you rest and recover and then you focus on the next one and the next one.
I couldn’t tell you our fixture list in December or even towards the end of November. The next game, we focus on that, and that’s what we’re doing as a team.
It’s going to be a long hard season but one that we want to create memories.
Following their trip to Turkey, Manchester United return to Premier League action on Saturday against Everton.