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23 November 2013

City defender looking forward to testing himself against the Champions

Tomorrow, Manchester United will come to town for a game that has been eagerly anticipated since promotion was secured earlier in the year.

The last time ‘City defeated United was in 1960 and Mackay’s men will be hoping to repeat the feat having already defeated Swansea and Manchester City at Cardiff City Stadium on two memorable occasions.

Welcoming the reigning champions is an event everyone is looking forward to and Cardiff centre back, Ben Turner is no exception.

Speaking to the press at the Vale Resort, the City defender said: “There is a different personal challenge every week in this league. 

“In the last game I was tested against (Christian) Benteke which was good and I can’t wait to test myself against some of the world class players Manchester United possess. 

“I feel like I’m on trial every game as you’ll come unstuck if you think you’ve achieved something when you haven’t. Playing against Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie will be a massive task," Turner continued.

“In the Championship, you could be robotic and churn out results. In the Premier League, if you do that, you will be beaten. You have to play differently to match each individual player.

“This game is a big deal for us. We’ve prepared positively and have created a game plan that will hopefully give us a good chance of gaining a positive result.”

In 2007, Turner helped Coventry City defeat a second string Manchester United eleven in the Carling Cup and he’s looking forward to facing them once again and living an unfulfilled ambition.

“Beating them was a brilliant occasion,” said Turner, “But I couldn’t help but think that it wasn’t against the first team.

“I remember thinking at the time, that I wanted to play against the big names. I’m looking forward to hopefully doing that tomorrow.

Once again this season, the Cardiff City faithful have been influential in guiding Malky Mackay’s side to famous victories over Manchester City and Swansea. 
The players appreciate the positive influence the City supporters can have and Turner is hoping they are in full voice again tomorrow.

“The fans have been right behind the team from the start,” Turner continued. “All the players feel like we’ve had a lift from them as we’re all still riding on the wave of getting into the Premier League.

“We’ll be underdogs tomorrow as Man Utd are title challengers but maybe it could work in our favour.”


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