United welcome the Romanian champions to Old Trafford for the first time...
Any Manchester derby blues were short-lived for United as successive victories over Aldershot and Everton in the Carling Cup and Barclays Premier League provided the perfect repost to defeat against City. The Reds hope to maintain that winning feeling against Galati on Wednesday, having already beaten the Romanians on Matchday 3. Dorinel Munteanu’s side have not won a game in Europe and have struggled for consistency in the league, although a three points against Gaz Metan Medias at the weekend provided a much-needed confidence boost.
Ins and outs
Captain Nemanja Vidic is suspended following his straight red card at the National Stadium while Chris Smalling (ankle), Darron Gibson (ankle) and Kiko Macheda (elbow) are injured. Ryan Giggs (hamstring), Tom Cleverley (foot) and Ashley Young (ankle) are also major doubts and are unlikely to be involved. Galati have fewer injury problems, but should be without defensive midfielder Ioan Filip (leg), Adrian Sălăgeanu (knee) and Laurentiu Buş (ankle), as well as suspended defender Milan Perendija.
Wayne Rooney scored two penalties as United record an opening win of the 2011/12 Champions League campaign, during which the Reds are reduced to 10-men following Vidic’s second-half dismissal. The result cements Galati to the foot of Group C and promotes United up to second.
Marius Pena is the only Galati player to have scored in Europe and is undoubtedly their biggest talent up-front, even if he surprisingly started on the bench in Bucharest. However, the striker is likely to be be starved of service at Old