Otelul 0 Manchester Utd 2
Otelul Galati 0 Manchester United 2, The National Arena, UEFA Champions League Group Stage, October 18, 2011. Manchester United overcame Otelul Galati by 2-0 in Bucharest thanks to two penalty goals from Wayne Rooney. Both teams were reduced to ten men in the second half of the clash with Nemanja Vidic seeing a straight red card for a foul on Gabriel Giurgiu, while Milan Perendija received his marching orders after two bookable offences.
The Romanians had apparently decided that their only way to win was to reduce the Champions League Group Stage match into a hot-tempered tussle. But as the contest turned out, The Steelworkers lost the Tuesday fixture against Manchester United 2-0 after having two penalty goals scored against them during the second period. Following the hard-earned victory over Otelul Galati at The National Arena, Sir Alex Ferguson´s United now had five points from three games played, two points adrift of first positioned SL Benfica. Sir Alex Ferguson: “We dominated possession and we improved during the second half, particularly through Oliveira Anderson, Luis Nani, and Wayne Rooney. Those three players changed the game. I wasn’t concerned at half-time, but I knew what I needed to say to the players. We had possession, but we didn’t have any penetration. We needed more of that and in the second half we played Rooney further up the field. That made a difference.” Otelul Galati Team: Branko Grahovac, Milan Perendija, Cornel Rapa, Liviu Antal, Sergui Costin, Sorin Frunza, Ioan Filip, Gabriel Giurgiu, Ionut Neagu, Adrian Salageanu, Bratislav Punosevac. Substitutes: Cristian Branet, Silviu Ilie, Cristian Sarghi, Nejc Skubic, Laurentiu Iorga, Gabriel Viglianti, Marius Pena. Manchester United Team: Anders Lindegaard, Fabio da Silva, Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic, Chris Smalling, Oliveira Anderson, Antonio Valencia, Luis Nani, Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick, Javier Hernandez. Substitutes: David de Gea, Jonny Evans, Phil Jones, Darren Fletcher, Dimitar Berbatov, Michael Owen, Danny Welbeck.