Wayne Rooney converted dual second-half penalties as Manchester United struggled past little-known Romanian side Otelul Galati 2-0 to progress the English team`s chances of subordinate from Group C of the Champions League.
The England striker warranted the Premier League champions their initial organization attainment by scoring his initial from the mark in the 64th notation after Sergiu Costin`s sport as great as afterwards repeating the attainment in blocking time after he was fouled by Liviu Antal.
Both teams accomplished the diversion with 10 men, with United captain Nemanja Vidic cruelly given the true red label for the awkward tainted upon Gabriel Giurgiu in the 66th prior to Milan Perendija was liberated the notation from time for his second engagement of the scrappy compare during the latest National Stadium in Bucharest.
United non-stop the organization debate with back-to-back draws, to Benfica as great as afterwards Basel, though Alex Ferguson`s side climbed the place to second — dual points during the behind of Benfica — with this bold attainment brazen of the lapse compare opposite Otelul during Old Trafford in the fortnight`s time.
“I`m confident with the result. It was the prolonged night as great as you had to be patient,” Ferguson said. “I don`t consider you were propitious during all. We were the softened team. you consider you softened in the second half.”
Otelul manager Dorinel Munteanu was bitterly unhappy by the defeat.
“We had the great initial half though you lost. you am unequivocally upset,” he said. “We played great opposite the organisation opposite which you suspicion you had no possibility … you have zero to scolding the players for, though improved stays defeat.”
Ferguson took no risks with his lineup, selecting tighten to his strongest probable side opposite the organisation he concurred he had never listened of prior to the pull for the organization stages took place.
That enclosed the stop for Rooney, who due upon the dais in United`s 1-1 Premier League pull during Liverpool upon Saturday, as great as set upon partner Javier Hernandez as great as Vidic, who was behind after the prolonged deficiency with the calf problem.
Even with all their star names, the visitors struggled to mangle down the industrious Otelul side, which wasn`t though chances of the own in usually the third ever Champions League match.
“They have been unequivocally industrious as great as orderly team,” Ferguson said. “Their manager (former Romania midfielder) Dorinel Munteanu should be pleased. It`s not easy to follow the round all night as great as they should take credit for that.”
Indeed, the initial event fell to the hosts, Vidic giving the round true to Branislav Punosevac, whose shot was destined as great tighten to goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard.
United was mostly limited to long-range shots, with Anderson off aim with the single bid as great as Patrice Evra carrying an additional great saved by goalkeeper Branko Grahovac.
Rooney, who was resigned in the initial half, had the giveaway flog saved in the 31st whilst United went closer in the 42nd when Michael Carrick sidefooted usually over from Nani`s cut-back.
United looked to be using out of ideas though Costin crazily gave the organisation the assisting hand.
The core behind stranded his palm out to retard Rooney`s cranky in poke of Hernandez as great as German arbitrate Felix Brych had no perplexity in indicating to the spot.
Rooney had longed for his last chastisement try — in the 3-1 Premier League win over Chelsea during Old Trafford last month — though done no inapplicable designation this time, promulgation Grahovac the wrong way.
Just when it seemed United would go upon as great as wander to victory, it was marked down to 10 organisation in the 66th for Vidic`s brazen plea upon Giurgiu by the right touchline nearby the median line.
“It was the small bit oppressive … though you suspicion his feet was high,” Ferguson said. “I can assimilate the referee`s understand of the incident. Maybe it`s the bit opposite in Germany.”
It meant Ferguson`s organisation had their backs to the wall for the last entertain of the compare as great as they had to conflict tough to reserve the lead.
A shot by Antal was excellently shut off by the sprawling Carrick, personification as an puncture core behind until Jonny Evans was brought upon for Antonio Valencia the couple of mins later, as great as Costin roughly done justification for his sport by streamer usually over from an outswinging corner.
After Nani set upon the post upon the singular United break, the change of the diversion swung again when Perendija was given the second yellow for the tainted upon Hernandez as great as Rooney done the hosts compensate by slotting home his second chastisement in the second notation of damage time.
The striker picked himself up after being floored by Antal as great as his ensuing mark flog had as great many gait for Grahovac, who guessed the scold approach this time.
Otelul slipped to the third true improved in the initial Champions League campaign, withdrawal the three-horse competition for the dual accessible subordinate spots.