Man Utd v Otelul Galati CL review

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Updated: November 2, 2011

Manchester United moved to the top of UEFA Champions League Group C with an uninspiring 2-0 defeat of Otelul Galati at Old Trafford tonight.

Goals from Antonio Valencia and a deflected shot from Wayne Rooney saw Utd home, however it was a far from convincing performance in front of their home fans for the first time since their 6-1 defeat at the hands of Man City.

Utd started well, with Wayne Rooney making a surprise start in the middle of the park. He made a immidate impact when playing a huge role in the build up to the first goal of the game. The England forward started the move with a lovely pass to Dimitar Berbatov, who in turn put Phil Jones away. The full backs cross missed Michael Owen, but Valencia was on hand to slot the ball home.

That goal should have freed Utd but they failed to kick on from their good start. On a couple of occasions Berbatov was left frustrated as Hernandez, who replaced Michael Owen who went off injured, stormed into the box but nudged the ball slightly too far in front.

Galati came back into the game and had a good chance to level things up midway through the first half with Ionut Neagu bringing a good save from Utd’s keeper David de Gea.

The second half continued in the same vein as the first with Utd blowing hot and cold. Both Berbatov and Hernandez failing to put away a number of good chances to put the game beyond doubt. It was left to Rooney, who had a fine game out of position, to seal the game long-range effort that took a massive deflection off Sarghi three minutes from time.

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