Otelul Galati v Manchester United: Match Preview

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Otelul Galati v Manchester United
Otelul Stadium, Romania
Tuesday 18 October 2011, 19:45 kick-off
UEFA Champions League, Group C

Team News

Manchester United will welcome back Wayne Rooney into their starting XI, after the striker was rested for the weekend trip to Liverpool.

Rio Ferdinand didn't travel with the squad to Romania, which paves way for Nemanja Vidic to return to the backline following his recovery from a calf injury.

Phil Jones is available despite suffering a knock at Anfield, and Dimitar Berbatov is also included in the squad.

Meanwhile, Galati manager Dorinel Munteanu has received a timely injury boost ahead of tonight's game with the news that Cornel Rapa and Gabriel Paraschiv have returned from injury.

Both players will be on hand to help the Romanian champions kick-start their season after a poor start to the 2011-12 campaign, having won only two of their seven home games this term, losing five of their last nine competitive fixtures.

Ferguson warns against United complacency

Manchester United will not underestimate the threat posed by Otelul Galati when the two sides meet in tonight's UEFA Champions League encounter in Romania.

Draws in both of the Red Devils' previous Group C encounters, against Benfica and FC Basel, has placed greater significance on Tuesday's result, so Sir Alex Ferguson will field a strong side.


"I think we have to win and I'll play a strong team," he said. "I could play several teams and I'd consider them strong enough to win. This isn't a tournament you can afford to be complacent in. Tomorrow's game is very important for us.

"It's difficult to say whether or not it's a must-win game. I guess it depends on what happens in the other tie [Basel v Benfica]. The important thing is for us to win. That solves all the problems.

"We've watched Galati a few times and I watched the video of them against Benfica. There wasn't much in the game and Galati were unlucky not to get a draw.

"Their system is like a lot of systems in Europe – they play with two wide men and one through the middle, one midfielder in the hole - a lot of European teams are playing this way now."

With a top-of-the-table clash against neighbours Manchester City to follow in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday, Ferguson was keen to stress that for now, the squad's attention is very much focused on their European bout.

"We have to progress in the Champions League but we have four or five days to recover for Sunday's game against City," he added.

"The timescales for recovery are perfect for us. Fitness-wise we shouldn't have any problems. I don't think the team I pick tomorrow will have much bearing on Sunday."

"We've got a good idea about how the game should be played [tonight], and we hope we can get the result we want."

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