Man Utd v Otelul Galati: Time for the backlash

United have scored 11 goals in their last four Champions League home games

Manchester United play their first match at Old Trafford since they were humiliated by their “noisy neighbours”, and I fear for their opponents, Romanian minnows Otelul Galati

I have said, for the past eight weeks now, that despite United’s blistering start to the season, Fergie’s “new-era” of players aren’t as strong as the media has been portraying them. Never, in my all my days as a football fanatic, have I seen a Manchester United side concede so many shots on goal, week-in, week-out. However, I have no doubt that come the end of the season, this problem will be long gone. I also believe that anyone questioning Sir Alex’s position and whether or not he should retire, will certainly be silenced come Wednesday night. As this will be the tie that gets United back on track (as if they were ever off it).

United will go into this game without their captain, Nemanja Vidic, as he serves his one-match suspension, picked up after he was shown a red card in the reverse fixture. With Chris Smalling (fractured toe) and Rafael (shoulder) also ruled out for this game, Fergie doesn’t have many options in defence. Therefore, we can expect to see a back four of Jones, Ferdinand, Evans and Evra. With the news that Darron Gibson and Ashley Young won’t return until mid-November at the earliest, Nani will likely be named in the starting XI. He already has seven goals for club and country this season, so look for him to get on the score sheet here.

Galati also go into this match-up without one of their key defenders, Milan Perendija, who, like Vidic, was dismissed in Romania two weeks ago. Fellow Serb, Zoran Ljubinkovic will be the likely candidate to take his place. Like most teams who go to Old Trafford, the Romanians will start with one man up-top and I would not be surprised if Bratislav Punosevac is handed the daunting task of playing that lone-striker role.

The reverse fixture was certainly a tighter match than most people anticipated, with United labouring to victory thanks to two Wayne Rooney penalties. However, I don’t think that will be the case this time around. Sir Alex promised a “backlash” after that derby defeat last weekend and I would not bet against it happening on Wednesday. Manchester United have scored 11 goals in their last four Champions League home games and although there is no value in backing United to win (1/10), you can get a great price in the handicap market. I cannot see past a rout for Fergie’s men.

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Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 01/11/2011 - 11:03 AM
Filed in:- Man Utd Betting News, Manchester United

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