Former Manchester United midfielder Mark Wilson expects his old club to get a crucial win against Fenerbahce in the Europa League tonight.
United defeated the Turkish side convincingly at Old Trafford two weeks ago but have a poor record in Turkey; they also haven’t won away in Europe for three years. Nonetheless, Wilson is confident Jose Mourinho’s men will bounce back from the disappointment of the goalless draw with Burnley.
‘I’m expecting a comfortable win,’ Mark told the UnitedInFocus.com podcast. ‘Trips to Turkey are a little bit rough at times but United’s players won’t bat an eyelid of going out there and trying to get the win. The players will be going out there and be confident, even after the weekend’s game.’
On the podcast Mark shared his own experiences of playing in Europe, having broken into the squad in the Treble campaign of 1999.
‘I remember we played Sturm Graz, and I played in the second game in the year after we won the Treble,’ he said. ‘I remember having a good first half and I’ve watched the game since, but I gave away a couple of passes at the end of the half and Roy [Keane] nailed me one, as he does.’
‘As we sat down at half-time, the gaffer [Alex Ferguson] came up to me and said, ‘if you give the ball away again, you’re coming off!’ So I thought, ‘okay,’ and being stubborn I thought, ‘you know what, I’m having a good game I’ll keep doing what I’m doing,’ … so we kick-off, the ball comes back to me and I send a long ball to [Ryan] Giggs’ path and the right-back just flicks it out of play. Even Giggs gave me a round of applause, but I look over to the bench and the subs are out! Twelve minutes later, I’m off. But that was the standard!’
You can listen to the podcast here and hear Mark’s views on last weekend’s game, as well as his thoughts on United’s forthcoming trip to another of his former clubs, Swansea, at the weekend.