United's narrow Champions League victory over Romania's Otelul Galati was workmanlike rather than wonderful. But while the win wasn't pretty, it was enough to leave Sir Alex's men in a commanding position at the top of Group C, with two games to play.
Antonio Valencia's eighth-minute tap-in was all that separated the sides on the scoreboard until Wayne Rooney's late long-range effort deflected cruelly past Branko Grahovac. Even before then, though, the Reds had looked comfortable, if not wholly convincing, for long periods.
A fortnight ago in Bucharest, two second-half spot-kicks, both won and converted by Rooney, handed United a similarly gritty victory. Rooney got his name on the scoresheet again in this match, although he barely went near the Galati goal until the 87th minute when his shanked shot spun off Christian Sarghi's outstretched leg and past the wrongfooted Grahovac.
That's because Sir Alex deployed Wayne in a holding midfield role. And although it was unfamiliar teriitory, the Reds' no.10 didn't disappoint.
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