Wayne Rooney became the top scoring Englishman in Champions League history as an uncovincing Manchester United beat Romanian minnows Otelul Galati 2-0 in Bucharest.
The England striker scored twice from the penalty spot either side of a Nemanja Vidic sending off to take his European tally to 26 - two more than Paul Scholes.
Despite Rooney and Javier Hernandez returning to the starting line-up after Saturday's clash with Liverpool, United were suprisingly subdued during the first half.
The visitors dominated possession but were forced to shoot from distance before Nani carved out the first clear chance for Michael Carrick shortly before the break.
However, Carrick could only fire over the bar from 12 yards after the Portuguese winger cut the ball back following some neat footwork.
Sir Alex Ferguson persisted with the same XI for the second period and saw this move pay dividends after 64 minutes.
Rooney attempted to square for Hernandez but Otelul captain Sergiu Costin cynically handled to concede a spot-kick, which the former duly dispatched.
However, just two minutes later, United skipper Vidic saw red for a wild challenge Gabriel Giurgiu, although a yellow card might have been sufficient.
Galati were also reduced to 10 men before the close after Milan Perendija picked up a second booking, before Rooney made sure of the result after the 25-year-old was hauled down by Liviu Antal.
United now sit second in Group C behind leaders Benfica, with five points from three outings.