• Champions League
  • 5 December 2012, 7:45pm
  • Old Trafford
Man UtdMan UtdvClujCluj
  • Luís Alberto, 56

live commentary

90 mins:FULL TIME: MAN UTD 0-1 CLUJ. There goes the final whistle! A huge win for Cluj as they hold on amidst a late onslaught against a United side who just never really got going tonight.

90 mins:Felgueiras is booked for time wasting over a goal kick.

90 mins:A change fro Cluj to waste a little time with Pantelis Kapetanos replacing Sougou.

90 mins:Paul Scholes is booked for a trademark foul, this on Aguirregaray.

90 mins:There will be four minutes of added time.

88 mins:The groans are audible around Old Trafford as another attack breaks down in the final third for the hosts.

86 mins:A final change for United with Darren Fletcher replacing Ryan Giggs.

84 mins:Cluj are just six minutes away from arguably the biggest win in their history. Can they hold on?

82 mins:Wayne Rooney tries one from 25 yards but its straight at the keeper.

81 mins:Into the final ten minutes and Cluj are left staring at the Europa League as Galatasaray have turned it around against Braga.

79 mins:A change for Cluj with Bastos replaced by Vasile Maftei.

78 mins:Phil Jones drives at the full back and beats him well only to be felled on the edge of the box.

75 mins:United stroke the ball superbly through the heart of the Cluj midfield and Rooney looks for Macheda but it's a touch too firm.

73 mins:A rare chance to shin for Federico Macheda as he replaces Nick Powell.

72 mins:Rui Pedro is now replaced by Matías Aguirregaray.

71 mins:Yet another weak cross from Rooney is cut out at the near post.

69 mins:It has at least sparked some life into the crowd as they now roundly boo Rui Pedro for staying down.

67 mins:Wayne Rooney is the subject of abuse now from the Cluj players as he plays on with Rui Pedro down but United are breaking at pace until it finally breaks down.

64 mins:A frustrating night for United so far then as they contrive to waste first half chances and now find themselves behind at home.

61 mins:Buttner shows great determination to hold off three defenders and clip a cross into the box but Rooney's header is over the bar.

59 mins:How will United respond? They are used to going behind this season but their manager will be furious.

56 mins:GOAL: MAN UTD 0-1 CLUJ. Cluj lead! LUIS ALBERTO hits a superb shot from all of 25 yards that crashes in off the inside of the post.

56 mins:An ambitious effort from Murasan from all of 40 yards is carefully watched over by De Gea.

53 mins:Top defending from Phil Jones as he spots the danger as Rui Pedro turns Wootton and the England man covers his young teammate.

51 mins:Rooney's crosses into the box have been very poor tonight and again he hits the first man when well placed.

49 mins:First yellow of the game goes to Cadu as he brings down Powell.

47 mins:Hernandex turns on a sixpence to draw a foul in a dangerous position but Buttner fires the free-kick well over.

46 mins:The second half is underway.

45 mins:HALF TIME: MAN UTD 0-0 CLUJ. A decent first half comes to an end with the deadlock unbroken. United perked up as the half wore on but Cluj are certainly proving dangerous on the break.

45 mins:There will be two minutes added on.

45 mins:A worry for United as Cleverley limps from the field and is replaced by another veteran in Paul Scholes.

42 mins:And this time they should be ahead! A delicious chip from Rooney forces a superb leaping save from Felgueiras but when the return cross comes in from Hernandez it is somehow headed wide by Smalling.

40 mins:More chaos in the Cluj box as Rooney's corner is met by Welbeck but the keeper makes a superb one-handed save to deny him.

39 mins:United are immediately threatening at the other end as Welbeck's delightful backheel looks to set Hernandez in but the keeper is out very quickly to smother it.

37 mins:A smart stop from De Gea as Luis Alberton meets a corner and heads goalwards but the Spaniard is down quickly to keep it out.

35 mins:Ryan Giggs has looked a bit leggy and off the pace tonight. His performances of late have been far from the levels he would expect and the veteran will be looking for improvement in the second half.

32 mins:Welbeck has been bright for United and he shows superb skill to beat his man and spread it for Rooney but the cross is poor.

30 mins:It's been a decent first half hour here at Old Trafford with both sides having chances to take the lead.

27 mins:And United have another chance immediately as Powell's volley bounces up off the ground and Smalling heads onto the roof of the net from six yards.

26 mins:A big chance for United as Welbeck hassles the centre-half into giving the ball away and Cleverley finds himself through on goal but the keeper spreads himself to save.

24 mins:Another nearly moment for the visitors as Bastos fires in a shot and Rooney has to deflect it beyond the near post with an outstretched leg.

23 mins:A huge chance for Cluj as Sougou bursts in behind but Scott Wootton makes a fabulous sliding block to deflect it wide.

21 mins:A superb cross from Jones cuts out the keeper and it falls for Powell at the far post but his shot is well blocked in the six yard box.

19 mins:Old Trafford is so flat and that is transferring itself to the players who look a little bored.

17 mins:Nick Powell is dumped unceremoniously to the ground by Murasan and should have a free-kick but is left needing treatment as play goes on.

14 mins:A lovely piece of skill from the Cluj keeper Felgueiras as he sees Welbeck chasing him down and turns quickly away from him.

12 mins:The pitch at Old Trafford is lacking a little bit of zip and Rooney pays the price as his cross bobbles slowly into the keeper's arms.

9 mins:Sir Alex Ferguson will be furious as Giggs plays Smalling into trouble and only a fine save from De Gea stops Cluj taking the lead.

7 mins:From the resulting corner Giggs finds Welbeck's near post run but his glancing header is just wide.

6 mins:A good move from United as Hernandez turns two and feeds Rooney but the cross is well blocked.

3 mins:The hosts are pinging the ball about nicely as they probe for an early gap.

1 mins:The game is underway in a rather flat Old Trafford.

CFR Cluj-Napoca: Mario Felgueiras, Ivo Pinto, Cadu, Piccolo, Rada, Muresan, Luis Alberto, Rui Pedro, Camora, Sougou, Bastos.

Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Wootton, Smalling, Buttner, Powell, Cleverley, Giggs, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez.

Cluj are fighting with Galatasaray for the last qualification spot from Group H so the Romanians will be truly up for this one tonight.

United have gone with a young side for this one but Wayne Rooney does start in what might be considered a risk ahead of the Manchester derby at the weekend.

Welcome to Old Trafford as Group H winners Manchester United entertain CFR Cluj.

  • Champions League
  • 5 December 2012, 7:45pm
  • Old Trafford
Man UtdMan UtdvClujCluj
  • Luís Alberto, 56

match report

CFR Cluj claimed the notable scalp of Manchester United on Wednesday, but a 1-0 victory was not enough to see them into the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

A wonder strike from Luis Alberto rocketed the Romanian champions towards the knockout stage, but victory for Galatasaray over Braga in the night's other Group H fixture meant Paulo Sergio's side were robbed of a runners-up spot behind Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils.

A positive result for Cluj was always on the cards in midweek, with United already assured of progression as group winners and in the enviable position of being able to make sweeping changes to their starting XI with one eye on a crucial Premier League derby date with Manchester City on Sunday.

With there nothing riding on the game for the hosts there were a number of empty seats to be seen inside the Theatre of Dreams, with one of them in the dugout - with Ferguson opting to enjoy the company of his chief executive David Gill in the stands rather than take his usual place on the bench.

The first half offered little for those in attendance to get excited about, with defensive errors offering up the only real opportunities of note.

A flurry of activity midway through the half saw a Nick Powell effort blocked, after Cluj keeper Mario Felgueiras had flapped at a Phil Jones cross, and a heavy touch from Tom Cleverley deny him a clear run on goal.

Sandwiched between those efforts, Scott Wootton put in an important last-ditch block to slam the door in Modou Sougou's face.

As the opening 45 minutes drew to a close, United really should have got their noses in front, but Wayne Rooney saw a clever chip beaten away by Felgueiras and Chris Smalling somehow nodded wide of a gaping target from three yards out - before Cleverley was forced off with an untimely knock.

The second period looked to be following a similar theme to the first until Alberto brought the game screaming to life.

Paul Scholes, on for the unfortunate Cleverley, surrendered possession in uncharacteristic fashion and was made to pay by Alberto as he picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and sent an unstoppable drive past the outstretched hand of David de Gea and in off the post.

Everything was going to plan for the men from Transylvania at that stage, with Galatasaray trailing in Portugal.

The Turkish outfit were, however, to turn their tie on its head, making events in the final 10 minutes at Old Trafford irrelevant - with United prepared to turn their attention towards more important challenges to come and Cluj left to contemplate the consolation prize of a place in the Europa League.

team line-up

1David De Gea
4Phil Jones
28Alexander Büttner
12Chris Smalling
31Scott Wootton
19Danny Welbeck
10Wayne Rooney
23Tom Cleverley45
11Ryan Giggs86
25Nick Powell73
14Javier Hernández


13Anders Lindegaard
18Ashley Young
27Federico Macheda73
24Darren Fletcher86
36Marnick Vermijl
22Paul Scholes45


Daniele Orsato

team line-up

1Mário Felgueiras
24Ionut Rada
13Felice Piccolo
3Ivo Pinto
25Luís Alberto
30Rui Pedro71
6Gabriel Muresan
99Modou Sougou92
16Rafael Bastos78


19Sasa Bjelanovic
31Matías Aguirregaray71
12Vasile Maftei78
9Pantelis Kapetanos92
23Nicolas Godemeche
8Laszlo Sepsi
44Eduard Stancioiu


Daniele Orsato

match stats

possession %6336
shots on target52
shots off target105
tackles won1115