Wednesday November 2, 2011 Group Stage: Group C Finished Old Trafford

Manchester United 2 - 0 Otelul Galati

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  1. Manchester United amble past Galati

    Manchester United amble past Galati

    Manchester United struck early and late to secure an uninspiring 2-0 Champions League win against Otelul Galati at Old Trafford. More

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    Time:90'
    • Manchester United
    • Otelul Galati
    • 90+4' Job done for Manchester United. Hardly the most exciting evening at Old Trafford, but they have taken a significant step towards the knockout stages.
    • 90+3' Paraschiv lets fly from long range, but his shot flashes wide.
    • 90+2' Hernandez chases through, but is penalised for a foul on Sarghi.
    • 90+1' Three minutes of added time to be played.
    • 90' A Champions League debut for United's Ezekiel Fryers, who comes on for Jonny Evans.
    • 89' Rooney again!! Valencia tees him up, but Rooney balloons the shot well over.
    • 88' That Rooney shot looked like it may have been curling wide - we'll wait and see whether he gets it, or if it goes down as an own-goal. It has provisionally gone to Rooney but I have it down as an O.G.
    • 87' GOAL!! That will do it for United! Rooney's long-range shot takes a big deflection off Sarghi, and that's two!
    • 86' Into the last five minutes - United still controlling possession fairly well but they do not look like scoring a second.
    • 84' More walking wounded for Otelul - Sarghi has a touch of cramp.
    • 83' Rooney is in a tight space, and pings a superb crossfield ball to Ferdinand to relieve the pressure.
    • 82' Rapa delivers a curling free-kick into the box... any touch might have made life difficult for De Gea but the ball bounces straight through to him.
    • 81' Otelul Galati: Giurgiu is the man to come off - Gabriel Praschiv to replace him.
    • 80' Ji-Sung Park is on for Anderson, and now United don't have any recognised central midfielders. Odd change, even if Anderson hasn't had the best game.
    • 79' Great cross from Rapa and Giugiu is clocked in the head challenging for the ball. He collided with Jones.
    • 77' And here come the visitors again... Frunza impedes Jones, however, and United can clear. They could really do with an insurance goal.
    • 76' Ferdinand heads away another cross into the box... but once again United are under the pump a little bit.
    • 75' Oh, a terrible backpass plays Berbatov in... he stabs the ball goalwards from the left but hits the side netting!
    • 74' It has gone a bit quiet again, with the visiting fans making most of the noise...
    • 72' Salageanu curls the ball into the box, and De Gea appears to be impeded by his own man but wins the free-kick. Got a bit lucky there.
    • 71' Nani trips Neagu and it's a free-kick to the visitors. United under a bit of pressure here...
    • 70' Berbatov appears to win the ball cleanly, but the referee awards a free-kick to Galati...
    • 69' Rooney has completed 71 passes - not quite Xavi, but still pretty impressive.
    • 68' Rooney finds Berbatov with another peach of a ball, played with the outside of his right foot - but Berbatov cannot beat his man.
    • 67' Pena is struggling for Otelul, and it looks like they may have to make their third change...
    • 66' Now a Fabio cross from the left finds the head of Berbatov, but he cannot get enough power on the header.
    • 65' Jones crosses yet again from the right and finds Nani, who swivels and jinks at the edge of the box but cannot get a shot away.
    • 64' Berbatov crosses from the left, Hernandez tees up nani who cuts back on to his left foot and stings the hands of Grahovac with his shot!
    • 63' Jones sprints down the right, crosses on to head of Hernandez, who sends his effort over. Not easy, but he'll feel he could have done better.
    • 61' Laurentiu Iorga replaces Antal for Otelul Galati. That's two changes,
    • 60' Antal runs through the right channel - it's one against five and he has to go alone... his shot misses the target.
    • 59' Valencia tees up Rooney, who goes for goal from nearly 30 yards - nowherre near enough pace on the ball to trouble Grahovac, who makes a straightforward catch.
    • 58' Cleared off the line! Anderson nudges the ball goalwards beyond the approaching keeper but Costin races back to hack the ball away. Great touch by Berbatov to play him in.
    • 57' De Gea misses his punch but it bundles clear off a red shirt.
    • 57' Galati win another corner and Frunza will take it...
    • 56' Fine ball by Frunza in from the left, and Fabio has to head it behind for a corner.
    • 55' Neagu chips another searching ball into the box and Evans is forced to head out for a throw.
    • 54' Anderson finds Berbatov at the edge of the box, who leans back and fires high over the bar.
    • 53' Here's that change for Galati: Frunza in for Ilie.
    • 51' Snapshot from Hernandez, who goes for goal from the edge of the box - saved comfortably enough by Grahovac.
    • 50' Neagu spots the run forward from right-backl from Rapa and dinks a ball into the box... De Gea just gets there first, but it is a superb idea from Neagu who has been the visitors' brightest player so far.
    • 49' Otelul Galati are preparing to make a change early in the second half...
    • 48' Fantastic interplay from Jones and Hernandez to find Berbatov at the edge of the six-yard box, but his side-footed shot is saved.
    • 47' Salageanu crosses from the Otelul left, but De Gea makes a decent catch.
    • 46' Otelul Galati kick the second half off, give the ball away and immediately come under pressure down the United left from Fabio.
    • 45+2' That's half-time. United lead and look comfortable, but they must feel they should be more than a goal to the good.
    • 45+1' Anderson goes for goal from 25 yards, but it is on his weaker (very weaker) right foot and he curls it wide.
    • 45' Just a single minute of stoppage time to be played.
    • 44' Rooney sprays a diagonal ball for Nani, who tries to take it on the volley but gets it all wrong.
    • 43' Nani gives the ball away and United are in trouble here... Neagu goes for goal and De Gea makes a good reflex save!
    • 42' Good tackle Costin to nick the ball off Hernandez as he races into the box... another superb Rooney ball to set him clear.
    • 41' Pena has a crack, but cannot get his effort on target.
    • 40' Neagu tests De Gea with a swerving long range effort - held by the United keeper.
    • 39' Berbatov plays a fine through ball for Hernandez, who sprints after the ball but miscontrols and a decent opportunity is spurned. Bet Michael Owen would have converted that (joking).
    • 37' Valencia controls another great Rooney ball out wide with his arm. The United 10 having a great time in the engine room.
    • 36' Silly yellow card for Evans, who slides through the back of Pena and gives referee Strahonja no alternative. Really crass bit of play.
    • 35' Another corner is repelled, but the visitors are at full stretch.
    • 34' United build the pressure with successive corners... Otelul are wobbling.
    • 33' Jones cuts inside from the right, shapes to shoot on his left foot and sees his effort headed behind for a corner.
    • 32' Fabio makes a sensational run down the left, but fails to get his cross away and eventually runs out of space.
    • 31' Rooney is enjoying himself in midfield, playing something of the fabled 'quarterback' role Beckham occasionally used to fill for England, spraying long passes all over the place.
    • 30' Berbatov heads down to Hernandez, who scuffs a hopeless shot miles wide.
    • 29' Grahovac cannot stop Jones's deflected cross going behind and that's a corner United.
    • 28' Lengthy treatment for Costin, who seems to have a problem with his side. But he will be back...
    • 26' There's a man down - it's Costin - but United play on and Nani drags an attempted shot.
    • 25' The atmosphere is not the best, I have to say. United lead and are comfortable, but they are hardly slicing Otelul to bits. But we saw in the 3-3 draw against Basel here how quickly things can change.
    • 24' Rooney spreads it wide to the overlapping Jones down the right... he gets into crossing position but delivers a disappointing ball that Grahovac pounces on and holds.
    • 22' De Gea is putting on a passing clinic here, spreading balls around as United play it very, very deep.
    • 21' The Galati corner comes to nothing, but it's marginally better from the visitors, who are still looking for their first point in the competition.
    • 20' Otelul win a corner as Ferdinand heads behind. The chocolate teapot behind the goal is right there, but declines to help out the linesman with his decision.
    • 18' United are apparently trying to play down Owen's injury, but you don't go off after 10 minutes unless it's QUITE bad, do you?
    • 17' Nani scoops the ball down the United left, and as Hernandez waits for it to drop over his head, it bounces off the noggin.
    • 16' A costly booking for Sergiu Costin, the Otelul captain, who flies in on Berbatov - he will miss the next game.
    • 15' Nice stat from Infostrada: "#MUFC 1-0 (8') - MU have lost only 1 CL home match after opening the scoring in first 10 min. - vs Deportivo La Coruña 3-2 in Oct 2001."
    • 14' Rooney sprays a superb ball out to the right, but it is just beyond the galloping Jones. So I guess it wasn't superb, however nice it looked.
    • 13' Sarghi flies in rashly on Hernandez and is lucky not to see a yellow card.
    • 12' United are stroking the ball around at the back unchallenged. You can understand the visitors standing off, even at 1-0 down.
    • 11' Off comes Michael Owen, and he is replaced by Javier Hernandez. Hard luck Otelul...
    • 10' Ilie comes forward down the Otelul left... and dispossessed by Jones. And what's this? An injury to Michael Owen. Looks like his hamstring.
    • 9' Antal crosses from the Galati right and finds Pena, who glances his header wide. Decent response from the visitors.
    • 8' GOAL!! Antonio Valencia gives United the lead and it's so simple. Berbatov peels off to the right, finds the overlapping Jones who crosses - the ball evades Owen at the near post but bounces through to Valencia who taps in from close range.
    • 7' It has not been the most assertive start from United. The problem with such an attacking side is you do struggle to win the ball. Busy night for Anderson.
    • 5' The corner comes to nothing. Meanwhile, Benfica are already a goal to the good against Basel. Rodrigo opening the scoring in Lisbon.
    • 4' Fabio makes a strong run through the left channel but fluffs his attempted lay-off to Berbatov. He gets another chance and wins a corner via a deflection.
    • 3' Valencia crosses from the right, but it's a stinker, and bends straight out of play.
    • 2' It would seem Wayne Rooney is playing in central midfield, as per the UEFA team sheets. Poor passes from Rooney and Anderson in the opening minute.
    • 1' Off we go! United kick off, playing from left to right as we see it. Will be interesting to see how United line up with so much attacking personnel.
    • 19:43 The teams are out - United in red shirts, white shorts and socks. Galati in blue and black shirts, blue shorts and socks.
    • 19:40 Oh, go on then. Here's Vieira and Keane in the tunnel at Highbury.
    • 19:40 Over in Spain, Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira are together at last, doing punditry for ITV at the Villarreal-Man City game.
    • 19:35 Interesting comments from Fergie in the programme notes tonight - "painful even to think about" the 6-1. More here.
    • 19:30 The Romanian side have just one goal to their name so far - Marjus Pena found the net against Basel on matchday one, but otherwise it has been slim pickings for Galati.
    • 19:25 Michael Owen plays his first Champions League game this season, becoming the 22nd player to be used in this season's competition by Sir Alex Ferguson. He scored last midweek against Aldershot, as did his strike partner tonight Dimitar Berbatov.
    • 19:20 Stat: Manchester United have committed 23 fouls - fewer than any other side in the group stage.
    • 19:15 A quick disciplinary update - United have Nemanja Vidic suspended but no-one in danger of missing the next game if booked. Galati's right-back Cornel Rapa and captain Sergiu Costin are all one yellow card away from a suspension.
    • 19:10 The Group C leaders Benfica are in action at home to FC Basel tonight. You can follow that game, along with every Champions League game, live with us tonight. Benfica v Basel: LIVE
    • 19:05 United won 2-0 in Romania in matchday three - Wayne Rooney converting two penalties. Though not a vintage performance, it was an important win for United who drew their first two games. They are still second in Group C behind Benfica, and anything but a win tonight is unthinkable if they have serious ambitions of topping the group. Group C details
    • 19:00 A very interesting team selection from Sir Alex Ferguson, who makes seven changes from the 1-0 win against Everton. Out go Vidic, Evra, Cleverly, Fletcher, Park, Welbeck and Hernandez. And it looks a very attacking formation tonight with three strikers and only one recognised central midfielder - Anderson.
    • 18:55 Tonight's ref is Marijo Strahonja from Croatia.
    • 18:50 MAN UTD: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio, Nani, Anderson, Valencia, Rooney, Owen, Berbatov.... Subs: Fryers, Lindegaard, Evra, Park, Pogba, Hernandez, Welbeck... GALATI: Grahovac, Rapa, Antal, Ilie, Sarghi, Costin, Salageanu, Filip, Neagu, Giugiu, Pena... Subs: Branet, Skubic, Benga, Paraschiv, Frunza, Iorga, Punosevac.
    • 18:45 Welcome to LIVE coverage of Manchester United v Otelul Galati from Old Trafford!
  • Summary

    • 89' Rooney again!! Valencia tees him up, but Rooney balloons the shot well over.
    • 87' GOAL!! That will do it for United! Rooney's long-range shot takes a big deflection off Sarghi, and that's two!
    • 64' Berbatov crosses from the left, Hernandez tees up nani who cuts back on to his left foot and stings the hands of Grahovac with his shot!
    • 58' Cleared off the line! Anderson nudges the ball goalwards beyond the approaching keeper but Costin races back to hack the ball away. Great touch by Berbatov to play him in.
    • 48' Fantastic interplay from Jones and Hernandez to find Berbatov at the edge of the six-yard box, but his side-footed shot is saved.
    • 43' Nani gives the ball away and United are in trouble here... Neagu goes for goal and De Gea makes a good reflex save!
    • 8' GOAL!! Antonio Valencia gives United the lead and it's so simple. Berbatov peels off to the right, finds the overlapping Jones who crosses - the ball evades Owen at the near post but bounces through to Valencia who taps in from close range.
    • 18:50 MAN UTD: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Evans, Fabio, Nani, Anderson, Valencia, Rooney, Owen, Berbatov.... Subs: Fryers, Lindegaard, Evra, Park, Pogba, Hernandez, Welbeck... GALATI: Grahovac, Rapa, Antal, Ilie, Sarghi, Costin, Salageanu, Filip, Neagu, Giugiu, Pena... Subs: Branet, Skubic, Benga, Paraschiv, Frunza, Iorga, Punosevac.

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