Alex Ferguson taking no risks as Manchester United report for duty FIVE hours before kick off

Fergie taking no risks in Europe as United report for duty FIVE hours before kick off

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14:12 GMT, 19 September 2012

Manchester United showed they mean business in Europe this season by turning up at the stadium more than five hours before kick off on Wednesday.

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his players were spotted at Old Trafford just after 2pm, even though their Champions League clash did not start until 7.45pm.

Relaxed: Sir Alex Ferguson with fans at Old Trafford

Ready for action: Sir Alex Ferguson with fans at Old Trafford

In the frame: Robin van Persie should make European debut for United

In the frame: Robin van Persie should make European debut for United

New signings Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa were set to face Turkish side Galatasaray as Ferguson vowed to learn from their early exit last season.

United were left to count the cost of failing to make the lucrative knockout stages after under-strength sides failed to beat Basle and Benfica at home.

But hopes that Wayne Rooney could make a shock appearance on the bench appeared to be dashed when the 26-year-old was spotted in the city centre as his team-mates reported for duty.

No chances: United were at the stadium more than five hours before kick off

No chances: United were at the stadium more than five hours before kick off

On his way: Wayne Rooney was spotted out in Manchester

On his way: Wayne Rooney was spotted out in Manchester

Rooney returned to full training on Tuesday after making a swift recovery from the horror thigh injury he suffered against Fulham on August 25.

But it appeared that Rooney would not be risked against Galatasaray but he would be almost certainly available for Sunday's showdown against Liverpool in the Premier League.