The Red Devils fielded a youthful XI, featuring such names as Nick Powell, and slipped to a 1-0 defeat away in Turkey.
Despite the result, Fergie was pleased with his side’s showing:
“Their temperament was good, the crowd never affected us and I thought they put up a reasonable show.” He told SkySports.
“Some of the possession was good, some of the attacking play at times was good without finishing the game off with one or two opportunities in both halves.
“But when you lose a goal from a set-piece you are always going to be saying it’s a bad way to lose a goal.
“They had a few strikes from outside the box which our goalkeeper dealt with well, other than that I thought we handled it OK.
“I think if there was one part of it we were going to worry about was set-pieces because they are a more experienced, stronger, bigger side and you expect them to cause you some problems at set-pieces.
He also believed his team handled the pressure created by the home crowd admirably:
“We handled it quite well throughout the match,
“But we have lost a goal from (a corner). It is not surprising because of the strength they have there, but nonetheless to lose a goal from a corner kick is never easy to take.”