United got their first win of the group stages, after two draws, but it was a lot harder than many anticipated out in Romania.
Team News – Sir Alex Ferguson made 9 changes to the starting eleven that ran out at Anfield. Amongst those nine was the re-appearance of Nemanja Vidic for the first time since the opening fixture of the season.
United – Lindegaard, Evra, Smalling, Vidic, Fabio, Anderson, Carrick, Nani, Valencia, Rooney, Hernandez
Subs – De Gea, Jones, Evans, Fletcher, Owen, Berbatov, Welbeck
United emerged from the tunnel with the stadium having more United supporters inside it than home supporters. As for the temperature, just below freezing!
First Half – United got the action underway in Bucharest and had a lot of the ball in the early stages but with the home side sitting deep were unable to open up their defence.
Instead the home side was presented with a chance when Vidic lost possession but the shot form Punosevac was weak and Lindegaard had no trouble saving it. United responded with a long range shot from Anderson that was off target.
United were continuing to control possession but clear-cut chances were non-existent. Filip, pushing forward for the home side saw his effort clear the bar after trying his luck from outside the box.
Rooney, with his first effort of the night, saw his deflected shot easily saved by the keeper. Rooney tried his luck with a free kick but Grahovac, in the home sides` goal, kept it out.
The next to try his luck, in a series of long range shots, was Evra, but once again the keeper wasn`t to be beaten saving at his near post. Right on the half time whistle, United wasted a great chance when Carrick blasted over form twelve yards after being set up by Nani.
All in all a slightly disappointing first half!
Half Time – Otelul Galati 0 United 0
Second Half – No changes were made at half time by either side. The half started much as the first finished with United thwarted by the massed ranks of defenders on the edge of the home sides` box.
United started to show some more urgency in their play but the opening goal was to come from the penalty spot, courtesy of Wayne Rooney after 64 minutes. It came after a blatant hand-ball from Costin after he`d intercepted a Rooney ball intended for Hernandez.
Otelul Galati 0 United 1 (Rooney pen – 64 minutes)
Unfortunately, on his first game back since the opening fixture of the season, Vidic was to receive a straight red card after a high tackle on Giurgiu, a little harsh possibly!
Sensing United were now on the back foot the home side poured forward and Antal saw a shot blocked by Carrick whilst Filip also went close. Sensing United were coming under pressure, Sir Alex replaced Valencia with Jonny Evans.
Sir Alex shored up the defence further introducing Jones in place of Fabio and the home side went close again when Costin headed over. The home side continued to press and Punosevac went close from a Filip cross.
As the game approached a conclusion the home side were reduced to ten men when Perendija was show a red card for dragging Carrick back.
United had a glorious chance to wrap the game up when they were awarded a second penalty on the night and when Rooney duly converted it, it was game over
Otelul Galati 0 United 2 (Rooney pen – 92 minutes)
Not the best of performances but job done!
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