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United go joint top with Oţelul win

Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 23.07CET
Manchester United FC 2-0 FC Oţelul Galaţi
Sir Alex Ferguson's side moved level on points with SL Benfica at the top of Group C thanks to Antonio Valencia's early strike and a late own goal.
by Simon Hart
from Old Trafford
United go joint top with Oţelul win
Antonio Valencia (right) celebrates with Nani after his goal on eight minutes ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Man. UnitedOţelul

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
6
Corners6
 
5
Offsides1
 
0
Fouls committed10
 
13
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)61
 
39

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 2 November 2011, 23.07CET

United go joint top with Oţelul win

Manchester United FC 2-0 FC Oţelul Galaţi
Sir Alex Ferguson's side moved level on points with SL Benfica at the top of Group C thanks to Antonio Valencia's early strike and a late own goal.

Manchester United FC moved level on points with SL Benfica at the Group C summit with a 2-0 home victory against FC Oţelul Galaţi.

Antonio Valencia's early strike and a late Cristian Sârghi own goal ensured that United completed back-to-back wins against the Romanian UEFA Champions League newcomers and edged closer to reaching the knockout stage for the sixth year running. Oţelul's already faint last-16 hopes vanished altogether with this result.

It was an industrious performance by a United side looking to "redeem ourselves", in Sir Alex Ferguson's words, for their 6-1 loss to Manchester City FC on their last Old Trafford outing. One intriguing feature from the outset was the manager's selection of Wayne Rooney in a deep midfield role. Sitting alongside Anderson in a 4-4-2, he sought to spray passes around like a quarter-back and one such ball to Dimitar Berbatov sparked the move for the opening goal.

Phil Jones, on a surge upfield from his right-back berth, collected the Bulgarian's lay-off and fired over a deflected low cross that flicked off Michael Owen at the near post and provided an easy tap-in for Valencia. Sadly that was the last involvement for Owen, making his first UEFA Champions League start in 23 months, who limped off three minutes later with a thigh injury.

Oţelul might have had an immediate equaliser but Marius Pena was off target with a glancing header from Cornel Râpă's cross. That was about it in terms of goalmouth incident for much of the half, despite the best efforts of United's full-backs. Fabio excited the crowd with one dash from his own half and then it was Jones's turn, the teenager cutting in from the right, exchanging passes with Valencia and firing in a shot that flew behind off the head of Sârghi.

Oţelul skipper Sergiu Costin caught the eye with some well-timed challenges and Dorinel Munteanu's charges might have equalised when Ionuţ Neagu capitalised on a moment of uncertainty in the United defence, only for his shot to deflect off Rio Ferdinand and force a save out of David de Gea.

United managed only one shot on target despite 70% of first-half possession but stepped up a gear after the restart with Berbatov foiled by Branko Grahovac within minutes. Anderson then poked a shot past Grahovac but Costin got back to clear, while Berbatov hit the side netting when clean through.

Oţelul's small band of supporters kept singing even after Rooney's shot from distance deflected off Sârghi and left Grahovac completely wrong-footed.

Last updated: 04/11/11 0.46CET

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Lineups

man. united

Man. United

oţelul

Oţelul

1
De GeaDavid de Gea (GK)
12
GrahovacBranko Grahovac (GK)
4
JonesPhil Jones
3
RâpăCornel Râpă
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand (C)
4
FilipIoan Filip
6
J. EvansJonny Evans
Yellow Card36
Substitution89
8
AntalLiviu Antal
Substitution61
7
OwenMichael Owen
Substitution11
14
IlieSilviu Ilie
Substitution53
8
AndersonAnderson
Substitution80
16
SârghiCristian Sârghi
Goal88
9
BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
18
CostinSergiu Costin (C)
Yellow Card16
10
RooneyWayne Rooney
23
SălăgeanuAdrian Sălăgeanu
17
NaniNani
26
NeaguIonuţ Neagu
20
FabioFabio
27
PenaMarius Pena
25
ValenciaAntonio Valencia
Goal8
29
GiurgiuGabriel Giurgiu
Substitution81

Substitutes

34
LindegaardAnders Lindegaard (GK)
1
BrăneţCristian Brăneţ (GK)
3
EvraPatrice Evra
2
SkubicNejc Skubic
13
Park Ji-SungPark Ji-Sung
Substitution80
6
BengaAlexandru Benga
14
HernándezJavier Hernández
Substitution11
7
IorgaLaurenţiu Iorga
Substitution61
19
WelbeckDanny Welbeck
10
ParaschivGabriel Paraschiv
Substitution81
42
PogbaPaul Pogba
11
FrunzăSorin Frunză
Substitution53
51
FryersEzekiel Fryers
Substitution89
19
PunoševacBratislav Punoševac

Coach

Sir Alex Ferguson (SCO) Dorinel Munteanu (ROU)

Referee

Marijo Strahonja (CRO)

Assistant referees

Siniša Premužaj (CRO), Zeljko Novosel (CRO)

Fourth official

Ante Vučemilović (CRO)

Additional assistant referees

Igor Pristovnik (CRO), Damir Batinić (CRO)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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