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Otelul Galati vs Manchester United: Must win for United; footballing lesson for Galati

Manchester United travel to Romania to face UEFA Champions League debutantes Otelul Galati as the visitors seek to finally secure their first win in Group C. Alex Ferguson’s men are definitely favorites here unless the Romanians can come up with a shocker. Check out the football betting offers and place your bet where you see fit.

Last season’s runners-up in the tournament have only amassed two points from as many games so far as they trail Benfica and Basel in the search for a place in the knockout stages of the competition. Meanwhile, the eastern European outfit will be seeking to register their first point in the group table off this David vs. Goliath encounter.

United have scored in each of their last 16 matches and they will look to continue that fine run against the new boys of this tournament.

Manchester United

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side come into the game with mixed emotions after their hard-earned draw against Liverpool in the Premier League. A late Javier Hernandez goal prevented defeat for the Old Trafford outfit but they still relinquished their hold on top spot in the Premier League table to Manchester City.

The three-time winners rested a number of key players ahead of several important fixtures including Wayne Rooney, Nani as well as the aforementioned Mexican striker. The 19-time league winners are also set to welcome back Nemanja Vidic, who despite playing for Serbia last week in their final Euro 2012 qualifier, missed out on the action at Anfield altogether.

Rio Ferdinand has been completely rested by his manager and he didn’t make the trip across Europe for the crucial match. Tom Cleverley is also doubtful to feature in the clash, as is Rafael but both players are edging closing to full fitness. Otherwise Alex Ferguson has a fully-fit squad.

Ashley Young (left) and Danny Welbeck will hope to add to their tally in the competition after putting in stellar displays against Basel in their last European outing

Oțelul Galați

Otelul Galati will bring an unknown quality to the continental competition as they will seek to spring one of the biggest upsets in Champions League history. However their title-winning form of last season has deserted them and they are now battling mid-table in the Romanian league.

Their final league outing before facing the English giants was last Friday as they slugged out a 1-1 draw with Astra Ploiesti in front of their home crowd. Their attack is most likely to be led Marius Pena, son of legendary Romanian striker George Pena who played for Steaua Bucuresti during their most successful European period in the 1980’s, culminating in them winning the 1986 European Cup.

Galati’s coach, Dorinel Muntenua, has no regular players missing through injury or suspension as he readies his players for the biggest match of their careers to date.

Galati vs United Prediction

Manchester United can’t afford to lose too many points as win will barely take them to the top of their group. Basel and Benfica, both, have a chance to get ahead of United and hold on to the pole position. Ferguson will now be on a hot pursuit. United should win as Otelul Galati failed to secure any points so far.


 

162 Comments

  1. NotoriousRedDevil says:

    @ Tony Bee -Thats okay mate you can be still be in my gang ;-)

  2. Fred says:

    NRD – I bet a few Rooney shirts were binned after what he did last October.

  3. mikekelly12 says:

    Evening gents.

    Roses! Fuck yeah, I’ve been waiting 20 years for this reunion? One of THE best bands to come out of Manchester. I was one of the souls who watched the beach ball being bounced around Spike Island as the boys unveiled “One Love” to the masses. As far as I’m concerned they can have their time, again and again as long as they continue to belt out quality tunes! I’ll be on the blower friday morning but my brother is good mates with Ian Brown’s nephew and my mates wife is good mates with his sister so all being well I’ll get myself sorted! That being said would give them up in a heartbeat for a Manchester United (Like that MG, by the way, what does MG stand for?) win on Sunday and number 20 coming home in May!!

  4. Devil310 says:

    I’ll have my Otelul Gelati with chocolate fudge, strawberries and some whip cream.

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm…..Otelul Gelati :D

  5. KingOfStretfordEnd says:

    If you’re gonna start Berba, pair him up. Which is obvious since wayne will start. Rooney and Berba after such a long time? Not too sure. But really im not gonna go berbaboogey today. A win is all that matters

  6. TonyBee says:

    ho ho ho …funny set of bastards…

  7. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    @Papii, No, you’re addressing the right person and I haven’t been posting as regularly as I used to in the summer. Just been a bit busy at work, so haven’t been able to dedicate the time I used to. Still reading the posts and replying as regularly as I can. :)

  8. WillieRedNut says:

    City have introduced a singing section at the wastelands. Tevez got first crack, with that timeless classic, “All by myself” :lol:

  9. King Eric says:

    mikeKelly – Hello mate. You were at Spike Island? You lucky man. Nice one.

  10. MG says:

    Willie

    The second song will be Whitney Houstons classic

    I want to dance with somebody – somebody who loves me

    :lol:

  11. MG says:

    Stone Roses

    Is that like a limited edition chocolate box or something?

    :lol:

  12. Saad says:

    The only lesson we dished out today was a lesson in keeping possession and defending. We were unimpressive in other areas. We have got to start making our possession count with nerve-wracking shots-on-target.

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