BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - OCTOBER 18: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between FC Otelul Galati and Manchester United at the National Stadium on October 18, 2011 in Bucharest, Romania. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Well, that didn't go as expected. Manchester United struggled for a breakthrough but finally got it after a handball by Otelul Galati's captain Sergiu Costin -- Wayne Rooney converted the penalty for the opening goal in the 64th minute. Just two minutes later, United captain Nemanja Vidic was harshly sent off after a rash challenge -- it could be argued that Vida deserved a booking but being sent-off was quite ridiculous. In stoppage time, Rooney drew a penalty and then converted it for his brace. The Reds dominated possession in this match but they could never quite break down a well organized Galati. If United want to win Group C -- and avoid drawing a group winner in the first round of the knock-out stages -- then three points were likely a must in Bucharest. It wasn't pretty. But it was three valuable points.
SL Benfica earned a 2-0 away victory over FC Basel in the other Group C match. Benfica now have 7 points from three matches while United now have 5 points from the same number of matches. Basel sit on 4 points. United next play Galati again in another group stage tie at Old Trafford in two weeks. Domestically, the Reds face their noisy neighbors on Sunday. The derby will be a hugely important affair.
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MUFC man of the match?
Wayne Rooney (35 votes)
Nani (4 votes)
Anderson (1 vote)
Michael Carrick (21 votes)
Chris Smalling (5 votes)
Patrice Evra (5 votes)
Other (specify in comments) (1 vote)
72 total votes