Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes his side have took a major step towards the magical ten points mark in the Champions League.
The Red Devils were 2-0 winners in Romania against Otelul Galati last night, with striker Wayne Rooney slotting home twice from the penalty spot as both sides ended the match with a player sent off.
Ferguson is a strong believer in winning home games and picking up the odd point away from home in Europe's premier club competition, and two wins at Old Trafford against Galati and Benfica would almost certainly ensure qualification to the knockout stages.
“We won and that is the important thing. We have to do our job at Old Trafford, hopefully we can win beat Galati again which brings us to eight points and I’ve always said that 10 points gets you through,” Ferguson told the official Manchester United website post-match.
"You have to work hard to get the victory in away games as it is not easy. They (Galati) made it very difficult for us but we have possession figures to show we were in control of the game.
"In the second-half we improved a great deal. Nani’s performance was terrific, Rooney started to come into the game and Anderson was terrific too. I was satisfied with the result."
Whilst the Red Devils were strong favourites to win in the Bucharest National Stadium, Ferguson was well aware that patience would be a pivotal factor for his side to secure victory.
After a frustrating first period, pushing Rooney higher up the pitch paid dividends in the second-half, and United were able to cope without skipper Nemanja Vidic after he saw red. It was a 'harsh' decision in the Scot's opinion, but what he understood.
"It was a long night but we had to be patient to work through the game. We didn’t have enough penetration in the first-half as Rooney played more in midfield, but he moved further up the field in the second-half which created problems for them," he continued.
"He has great composure and he took his penalties well.
“Vidic has raised his foot and in the context of a lot referee’s interpretations - particularly in Europe - you can see why he has given the red card. But it was very harsh.”