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04/12/2012 09:25, Report by Nick Coppack
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United v Cluj preview

Date, time and coverage:

Wednesday 5 December, 19:45 GMT. Watch it live on Sky Sports (UK) or follow the action live via radio and text commentary on ManUtd.com. A limited number of returned tickets are also available – visit manutd.com/tickets to purchase.

Form guide: Manchester United opened up a three-point gap at the top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with yet another come-from-behind win. This time it was against Reading in a crazy match that finished 4-3 and featured all seven goals in its opening 34 minutes. Cluj, meanwhile, lie sixth in Romania's Liga I, 15 points adrift of leaders Steaua Bucharest. Cluj drew 1-1 last Saturday against Gaz Metan Medias.

Betting: Despite United having already sewn up Group H and Cluj needing to better Galatasaray's result on Wednesday to reach the knockout rounds (The Turkish team are away at Braga), the Romanians are priced at a lengthy 4/1 to win at Old Trafford. And if you think we'll see another flurry of goals you can get 33/20 on the match featuring Over 3.5 goals.

Ins and outs: Sir Alex Ferguson has already made it clear he'll freshen things up at the back and hopes to welcome back Nemanja Vidic to the fold. He also plans to give outings to Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Alexander Büttner, although the game is likely to come too soon for Antonio Valencia (hip). Cluj were given a boost with recent returns from injury for Ciprian Deac and Adam Vass. Neither were registered in the club's Champions League squad this season, however, so won't feature on Wednesday.

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