Otelul Galati: Five players United should fear

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Huge underdogs ahead of tonight's Champions League clash against Manchester United, Otelul Galati are looking to cause one of the biggest upsets in the competition's history.

Shock winners of the Romanian championship last term, Dorinel Munteanu's side have lost both their opening fixtures, against Benfica and FC Basel, and will be looking to get back on track with a shock victory against Sir Alex Ferguson's side.

To make matters worst, Otelul are forced to play their matches in the competition 148 miles away from their home ground, with the Bucharest National Stadium housing the side as their stadium does not meet UEFA criteria.

However, a mixture of young and experienced players gives the hosts a fighting chance, although a current ninth placed standing domestically leaves little cause for optimism.


GMF picks the five players who could cause United problems.

Gabriel Paraschiv

The attacking midfielder is often used in a forward role for Oltelul, particularly away from home but also in Europe - expect the same against the Red Devils.

Far from prolific in-front of goal, the 33-year-old does have the ability to create chances for his teammates and his set-up play could be key.

Paraschiv also took a 30% wage cut this summer, asking the chairman to reduce his salary and stating his performances the previous year had not been good enough.

Gabriel Viglianti

The Argentine attacking midfielder came to Euorpe in 2008 with an impressive CV, playing for Union Central, San Jose and Bolivar in South America.

A regular on the wing for Otelul, Viglianti will look to cause problems early, potentially up against Patrice Evra, although is often withdrawn in the second period.

Sorin Frunza

A left winger on the opposite flank to Viglianti, 33-year-old Frunza is one of the most experienced members of the side after joining this summer.

With Champions League experience and a winner of the Romanian title with Unirea Urziceni in 2008/09, Frunza will be relied upon defensively despite his ability to provide an attacking threat in the final third.

Sergiu Costin

The 32-year-old centre back will be key to Otelul's efforts preventing Wayne Rooney & Co. from getting on the scoresheet.

The club's success last season was built around a solid defence, conceding just 25 goals in 34 league games, and Costin is hoping for a major upset.

"Football is not mathematics. We are hoping for a big result. It's a big team."

Branko Grahovac

Continuing on the importance of defence, goalkeeper Grahovac will undoubtedly be called upon at some stage in the match to deny United's attacking threat.

A Bosnian-born 28-year-old who hopes to play for Montenegro internationally, Grahovac moved to Otelul in January 2010 and was pivotal to their recent success story.

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