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Kapetanos (14)

Man United   2

van Persie (29, 49)

2 October 2012 CFR Stadium | Attendance: 24,000

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CFR Cluj
1Felgueiras
8Sepsi
24Rada
20Cadú
3Pinto
99Sougousub25
6Muresan
31Aguirregaraysub11
45Camora
9Kapetanosgoalsub19
16Bastos
Subs:
44Stancioiu
12Maftei
13Piccolo
10Valente
25Albertosub99
11Nicoarasub31
19Bjelanovicsub9
Man United
1De Gea
2Rafael
6Evanssub31
5Ferdinandyellow card
3Evra
23Cleverley
8Anderson
24Fletcher
10Rooney
14Hernandezsub19
20van Persiegoalgoal
Subs:
31Woottonsub6
13Lindegaard
19Welbecksub14
17Nani
28Buttner
26Kagawa
25Powell

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02/10/2012 21:30, Report by Gemma Thompson in Cluj
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Report: Cluj 1 United 2

to a couple of decent openings. After Gabriel Muresan had crossed for Kapetanos to fire over, De Gea reacted brilliantly to tip Cadu’s header, from a Rafael Bastos corner, over the bar.

At the other end, van Persie nearly grabbed his second hat-trick of the campaign on 71 minutes when Rooney, out wide on the left, fired a low cross towards his onrushing strike partner, but he was muscled out of it by a defender and unable to make contact with the ball.

United’s defensive injury curse reared its ugly head as the game ticked towards the final 10 minutes with Jonny Evans unable to continue after picking up a knock. Scott Wootton, making his Champions League debut, replaced him.

Cluj offered little threat as the game neared its conclusion, but the Reds were mighty relieved to see De Gea pull off a superb fingertip save in injury time from Rafael Bastos, who flew in at the near post to meet Ivo Pinto's cross and send a diving header goalwards. Thankfully, that proved to be Cluj's final flourish as United held out for a vital three points and took another important step towards booking a spot in the latter stages of the competition.

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