Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has called on his players to maintain composure amidst the intimidating atmosphere of Galatasaray's Ali Sami Yen Stadium as they face a do-or-die Champions League clash on Wednesday.
Currently languishing at the bottom of Group A, United's Champions League fate hinges on their performance in Turkey. A defeat would seal their elimination from the competition.
Even if they manage to defeat Galatasaray and secure a victory against group leaders Bayern Munich at Old Trafford in their final match, two wins for Copenhagen would still send the Danish side through at United's expense.
Despite the daunting task ahead and the hostile reception they anticipate in Istanbul, Ten Hag insisted his team will approach the match with unwavering confidence.
"We know how to handle such situations, and I'm confident that we'll display our confidence on the pitch tomorrow," the Dutch manager asserted.
"It's crucial to maintain composure and avoid emotional outbursts. While emotions are essential, they must be controlled. Don't give the opposition or the referee any advantage.
"Avoid getting drawn into such situations. We understand how to navigate these challenges. Play with confidence and make it your game. Regardless of how Galatasaray plays, what matters most is how we perform."
When asked about his strategy for escaping the 'hell' of Galatasaray's intimidating atmosphere, Ten Hag responded, "We must make it our game and respect the history.
"Of course, Manchester United boasts a rich history, but that doesn't guarantee future success. We must create our own future.
"It's about the past, but tomorrow is about the future. It's up to us."
The United boss acknowledged that his team has improved since their shocking 3-2 defeat to Galatasaray at Old Trafford early last month, despite their inconsistent results.
They secured a convincing 3-0 victory over Everton on Sunday, marking their fifth Premier League win in six matches.
"We've made significant progress," he affirmed. "We're more stable, winning games, and there's a noticeable difference compared to the first time we faced them."
United captain Bruno Fernandes expressed his excitement about playing in Galatasaray's intense atmosphere.
"The atmosphere will be electric, but as a kid, you dream of playing in these big stadiums with a passionate crowd, so you just have to embrace the challenge," he stated.
Fully aware of the prestige associated with playing in Europe's elite club competition, Fernandes acknowledged the importance of United avoiding elimination on Wednesday.
"It's crucial to be involved in this competition; we want to compete against the best clubs in Europe," the Portuguese midfielder emphasised.
"It's disappointing if we don't advance, but I'm not preoccupied with that at the moment.
"My focus is solely on the Galatasaray match because the only way we can progress is to defeat Galatasaray and enter the final game with a chance to advance."
With the return of Rasmus Hojlund and Antony from injuries, United's attacking options are bolstered, providing much-needed firepower in the absence of the suspended Marcus Rashford.