Istanbul Will Be Hell For Manchester United - Besiktas Goalkeeper Rustu Recber

Besiktas goalkeeper Rustu Recber has warned Manchester United to expect a hostile reception like they have never seen before when they arrive in Istanbul to kick off their Champions League campaign.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will have little time to enjoy the gritty comeback win against Tottenham Hotspur, before embarking on the long trip to Turkey for the Tuesday night match.

United have had prior experience in dealing with the volatile fans of Istanbul, having travelled there previously for their European meetings with Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.

Rustu, however, said that the intimidating atmosphere at the Inonu Stadium far surpassed that generated at Besiktas' neighbouring venues.

“The level of hostility at the Inonu is unique. United have been to Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, but the Besiktas fans are in a league of their own,” Rustu said, according to The Daily Mirror.

“They are the noisiest, the most passionate, and they stay with the team for 90 minutes.

“The noise is incredible. It will be a new experience even for those United players who think they have seen everything. Our fans can really make it hell.”

The 119-times capped goalkeeper is perhaps best remembered internationally for his exploits at the 2002 World Cup, where he was one of the stars of the Turkey team that unexpectedly reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual champions Brazil.

Now nearing the end of his career at 36 years of age, Rustu says his biggest regret was not joining United after Ferguson showed interest following the tournament in Korea and Japan.

Rustu said: “There was an opportunity to go to England. My agent spoke to Sir Alex and he wanted me as his goalkeeper.

“In the end I allowed my heart to rule my head and I joined Barcelona. But my experience there was a bitter one and looking back I should have gone to England.”

The charismatic Turk will be hoping that it will be a case of 'if you can’t join them, beat them' come Tuesday night.

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