Manchester United shrugged off the loss of star man Nani to claim a very impressive UEFA Champions League win over Bursaspor.
Second-half goals from
United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said Fletcher's goal early in the second half had proved decisive. "From that point on we were basically in control of the match," Ferguson said. "They had a couple of half chances and you can never be sure. But the second goal killed the match."
And, as Nani is already rated doubtful to face Wolves on Saturday after limping off with a groin injury midway through the opening period, Ferguson must have been delighted that two of his back-up wide-men followed up Fletcher's opener - only his second Champions League goal in his 50th appearance in the competition - to seal a comfortable win.
Already without 10 players on this trip, including the rested
Not that Nani had actually been too threatening on this occasion. It was Obertan, making only his second start of the season, who took that role, providing the well executed pass which gave lone frontman Dimitar Berbatov his clearest sight of goal. Unfortunately for United, the Bulgarian's well-struck effort flew straight at his fellow countryman
Bursaspor were marginally more dangerous, with
Rather than feel sorry for themselves, United used the interval to refocus. Within two minutes it had paid dividends. A concerted period of pressure around the Bursaspor box resulted in
Given his mounting injury problems, it was perhaps no surprise Ferguson opted to replace Fletcher not long afterwards after his fellow Scot had taken an awkward-looking tumble by the touchline. Bebe was introduced to provide more width, although containing Sen appeared to be the key to a United victory and
But any doubt over the outcome was ended 17 minutes from time when Park released Obertan, who intelligently stepped inside Ali Tandogan before crashing a shot into the roof of the Bursaspor net. It was a neat way to claim his first United goal and on their next attack, the visitors had another with Bebe running on to Scholes' brilliantly disguised pass before calmly finishing from 10 yards.
Ferguson must have been as delighted with the scorers as the score. Given the state of his medical room, two of his unsung heroes may have a big part to play in the coming weeks.