Most Manchester United supporters would not have heard the name Otelul Galati before the Champions League draw was made, although the Romanian champions could prove to be difficult opponents for the Red Devils on Tuesday night.
Dorinel Munteanu’s side have not looked out of their depth in Group C so far, with the Steelworkers coming close to a draw away to Basel before narrowly being beaten by Benfica. Galati’s players will be pumped for the arrival of the English champions and can be backed at 14/1 (bet365 – £200 free bets) to win the match.
It could be worth considering the draw at 6/1 (Victor Chandler – £25 free betting) on the basis that United have landed just a point against Benfica and Basel to date, although Sir Alex Ferguson will be able to call upon Anderson, Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Nani for this game.
The quartet were all rested for Saturday’s trip to Anfield, with the Manchester United manager now looking for a comprehensive win before Sunday’s massive match against Manchester City in the Premier League.
The Red Devils are a 2/9 chance to claim their first Champions League win of the season, with Ferguson likely to field a strong team given that maximum points against Galati could be required to make sure United finish top of the group.
Naturally, all eyes will be on Rooney who will make his first United start since receiving a red card for England which will rule him out of the Euro 2012 group stage. The 24-year-old is an 11/4 chance to open the scoring, with Javier Hernandez likely to play alongside him and the Mexican is a 7/2 chance.
Nemanja Vidic may be used for this game, with Ferguson hoping that the Serbian can partner Rio Ferdinand in defence when the City game comes around.