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  • December 5, 2012
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • Old Trafford, Manchester
  • Referee: D. Orsato
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Champions League Preview: Manchester United - CFR Cluj

Sir Alex Ferguson's side is assured of top spot in the group and face the reigning Romanian champion, which still stands an outside chance of qualification for the knockout stages

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

MANCHESTER UNITED

Lindegaard
Rafael, Smalling, Jones, Buttner

Cleverley, Giggs, Fletcher, Young
Welbeck, Hernandez
CFR CLUJ

Felgueiras
Pinto, Maftei, Cadu, Sepsi

Bastos, Camora, Muresan, Sougou
Pedro, Kapetanos

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will likely use the game as an opportunity to rest several key players having already assured of qualification to the next round and with the Manchester derby against rival City to look forward to on Sunday.

The 70-year-old Scot also faces something of an injury crisis in midfield, with Anderson (hamstring), Shinji Kagawa (knee), Nani (hamstring), Antonio Valencia (thigh) and center back Nemanja Vidic (knee) all certain to miss out.

CFR Cluj boss Paulo Sergio, meanwhile, will be without the injured Bakary Sare (broken leg) and star striker Ronny (ligaments), who are both long-term casualties.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Manchester United has conceded the first goal in 14 of its 22 games this season across all competitions.
  • The Red Devils lost their 100 percent European record in its last outing, a 1-0 defeat to Galatasaray.
  • In the reverse fixture in Romania, United won 2-1 courtesy of a Robin van Persie double after Pantelis Kapetanos had opened the scoring.
  • Ryan Giggs [pictured right] has scored in a record 16 Champions League seasons. He is also the competition's oldest scorer, at 37 years and 289 days.
  • CFR Cluj still stands a chance of qualifying if Galatasaray fails to beat Braga in Portugal and it picks up a positive result, with both teams separated only by goal difference.
  • The reigning Romanian champion currently sits in sixth place in its domestic league, 15 points off leader Steaua Bucaresti.
  • The visitor is unbeaten away from home in Europe this term over four games, having won three and drawn once.
  • Cadu is the sole survivor in the squad from Cluj's only previous trip to England, a 2-1 defeat at Chelsea in the 2008-09 group stage on Dec. 9, 2008.
  • The Romanians have committed 89 fouls in the competition so far this campaign, more than any other side.
  • Cluj manager Paulo Sergio has previously tasted success in Britain having won the Scottish Cup while in charge of Hearts.

Last Five Matches

CFR Cluj

  • D
  • W
  • D
  • W
  • W
  • SCS CFR 1907 Cluj CFR
    0 - 0
    CS Universitatea Craiova UCR
  • CS Mioveni MIO
    3 - 4
    SCS CFR 1907 Cluj CFR
  • FC Rapid Bucureşti RAP
    0 - 0
    SCS CFR 1907 Cluj CFR
  • SCS CFR 1907 Cluj CFR
    4 - 0
    CS Municipal Studenţesc Iaşi IAS
  • FC SA Botoşani BOT
    0 - 1
    SCS CFR 1907 Cluj CFR

Head To Head

Manchester United

CFR Cluj

Wins
1
0
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Manchester United FC MNU
Manchester United FC Manchester United
Draw
SCS CFR 1907 Cluj CFR
SCS CFR 1907 Cluj CFR Cluj
89%

Top 3 Predictions

Manchester United FC MNU
3 - 0
SCS CFR 1907 Cluj CFR
Manchester United FC MNU
3 - 1
SCS CFR 1907 Cluj CFR
Manchester United FC MNU
2 - 0
SCS CFR 1907 Cluj CFR

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