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Cristiano Ronaldo was part of the United team that lost 3-0.

Manchester United's XI in 3-0 defeat to Fenerbahce in 2004

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Manchester United take on Fenerbahce at Old Trafford this evening as their Europa League campaign continues.

The Turkish side will certainly not be pushovers - although they’re struggling in ninth place in the Super Lig, Fenerbahce top Group A with four points from two games.

United, meanwhile, sit in third place in the group after a 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord preceded a victory of the same scoreline against Zorya.

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It’s 12 years since United last played Fenerbahce, the two teams meeting in the group stages of the Champions League in the 2004-05 season.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s team cruised to a 6-2 win at Old Trafford before Fenerbahce extacted revenge in the form of a 3-0 win in Turkey thanks to Tuncay Sanli’s hat-trick.

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There have been a host of changes since their meetings in 2004. It’s crazy to think that Lionel Messi was relatively unknown back then, while Jose Mourinho has managed in Spain, Italy and Chelsea - twice.

That said, Arsenal fans are still waiting for the next Premier League trophy and England are still rubbish.

GiveMeSport has a look at United’s team in that 3-0 defeat.

Tim Howard

The American won the FA Cup and League Cup in three seasons at Old Trafford.

Where is he now? Colorado Rapids

Carling Cup - Chelsea v Manchester United

Phil Neville

The Class of ’92 star enjoyed an illustrious career at United. He wasn’t as good as his brother, but nearly 400 appearances proves his unquestionable ability.

Where is he now? Football coach. Pundit for BBC Sport

John O’Shea

He never did anything that got you out of your seat, but that he’s still plying his trade in the Premier League at the age of 35 shows his worth.

Where is he now? Sunderland

Manchester United's Irish defender John

Wes Brown

Until last season, Brown was still a Premier League player. It’s a credit to Ferguson’s managerial skills that he managed to get more than 350 appearances out of Brown for United.

Where is he now? Blackburn Rovers

Kieran Richardson

Richardson lasted only five seasons in United’s first team before Fergie sold him to Sunderland in 2007.

Where is he now? Cardiff City

Kaizer Chiefs v Manchester United

Quinton Fortune

Ferguson admired the South African’s versatility. That’s perhaps the only reason he lasted seven seasons.

Where is he now? Retired

Eric Djemba-Djemba

So good they named him twice, right?

Where is he now? Persipa Padalarang, in Indonesia

Eric Djemba Djemba of Manchester United celebrates scoring

Darren Fletcher

Before Paul Pogba was Fletcher. One of United’s finest servants, he is the only player in the XI who lasted longer than Fergie did in Manchester.

Where is he now? West Bromwich Albion

Liam Miller

Manchester United is an anomaly in a career than has seen Miller play for AGF Aarhus in Denmark and Perth Glory in Australia.

Where is he now? Wilmington Hammerheads F.C., in the United States

Vodacom Challenge - Manchester United v Orlando Pirates

Cristiano Ronaldo

One of the best players in United’s history. Fans will never forget the 2007-08 season, where Ronaldo’s 42 goals helped them win the Premier League and Champions League.

Where is he now? Real Madrid

David Bellion

Bellion scored on his United debut in a pre-season friendly against Celtic in 2003 but that was about as good as it got for the Frenchman.

Where is he now? Ligue 2 outfit Red Star F.C.

David Bellion of Manchester United

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