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Rooney Saves Manchester United

Manchester United can thank Wayne Rooney for their 2-0 win over Otelul Galati in the Champions League on Tuesday. Rooney scored twice on penalty kicks and Manchester United survived being down a man to get a key sports betting win. Rooney scored in the 64th minute but just two minutes later United was down to 10 men as captain Nemanja Vidic was sent off. United was able to withstand the Otelul Galati attack and Rooney scored his second goal of the game in a penalty kick in extra time. The win was the first one for Manchester United in Group C. "I think in these away games you have to work, they are not easy," United coach Alex Ferguson said. "In the second half we improved a great deal. Nani's performance in the second half was terrific. I'm satisfied with the result. It was a long night and we had to be patient." Manchester United is in good shape in Group C as they are just two points behind Benfica for first place after three games.

Focus Shifts to Derby

Manchester United can now turn their attention to the biggest game of the season in the Premier League as they host Manchester City on Sunday. Ferguson said it is the biggest Manchester Derby in more than 25 years. “With them [City] top and us second, it builds up to a fantastic prospect for everyone. I’m looking forward to it.” In this series between the two bitter rivals, Manchester City has one just one of their last 27 visits to Old Trafford since 1974. City has not led the Premier League since 1977-78 but to stay at the top of the table they need at least a draw against United on Sunday.

United Still the Most Hated

The most hated team in Britain is once again Manchester United. In a recent fan survey, United got almost a third of the votes as the most hated team followed by Chelsea with 10% and Arsenal with just over 9%. Liverpool was fourth followed by Manchester City. It was thought that because of Manchester City’s heavy spending that they might take over the role as the most hated team in England but that honor still belongs to Manchester United. Many fans don’t like United because of their long-time excellence, similar to what is seen with the New York Yankees in baseball action.
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Thursday, October 27 2011