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Glasgow Rangers 0 v Man United 1 – Job done

Mission accomplished is the best that can be said about this Manchester United drab 1-0 defeat of Glasgow Rangers at Ibrox. United and Valencia will now battle for top spot in Group C in the final game while Rangers can take some consolation from parachuting into the Europa League ahead of Turkish champions Bursaspor.

Wayne Rooney made his first start since signing a lucrative new five year contract and marked the occasion with the only goal late in the game after United had been frustrated by the Scottish champions for the majority of it. Just like all his colleagues, Rooney showed little spark and imagination but in the end the points were won – after all, that’s what counts above everything else. Given the opposition United were facing (with a 5-man defence deployed AT HOME), it was not the time to bet on the Champions League to restore Rooney’s or United’s swashbuckling nature.

Glasgow Rangers  0  v Manchester United  1

Uefa.com – Wayne Rooney converted a late penalty to send Manchester United FC through to the last 16 from UEFA Champions League Group C and leave Rangers FC facing UEFA Europa League football in the new year. Starting his first match for United since 26 September, the England striker sent goalkeeper Allan McGregor the wrong way from the spot in the 87th minute after Steven Naismith’s high foot had brought down Fabio in the box.

Sir Alex Ferguson’s side now need a point at home against fellow qualifiers Valencia CF in two weeks’ time to top the section, while Rangers are certain of finishing third ahead of their final opponents Bursaspor and entering the UEFA Europa League round of 32. Full Report

Manchester Evening News – Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Braveheart Wayne Rooney, as the England striker immediately began paying back his bumper new deal at United. Rooney’s 87th minute penalty secured a 1-0 win against Rangers as United booked their place in the knockout phase of the Champions League. It was his first goal since the controversy over his new five-year contract at Old Trafford, making him the highest paid player in the club’s history on around £160,000 a week.

And it will go a long way to winning round supporters still bitter over his threat to quit the club. Ferguson said “It took courage to take the penalty. It wasn’t an easy night, he missed a couple of chances but that’s what we expect with the rustiness in his game. I’m pleased for him.” Rooney showed nerves of steel to fire past Allan McGregor in the Ibrox cauldron after Fabio was fouled by Steven Naismith. Full Report

The Scotsman – Buttressed once again by five defenders, Rangers were breached only at the death by a Manchester United side who had to rely on a late Wayne Rooney penalty to gain a victory at Ibrox last night. Some redemption came Rooney’s way but it was tough on a Rangers side who were on course to shut out Sir Alex Ferguson’s side for a second successive time.

Walter Smith, Ferguson’s old assistant, could hold his head high as he made a farewell appearance at home in Europe’s premier competition. The Rangers manager very nearly exited with another point from United. It would have been a celebrated prize after a masterful defensive display from Smith’s side. Forced into playing Steven Davis at right back the manager’s ploy to squeeze United out of the game came unstuck at the end when Steven Naismith clumsily caught Fabio just five minutes from the end. Full Report

Manchester United – van der Sar, Fabio, Smalling, Evans, O’Shea, Nani (Obertan 77), Carrick, Scholes (Anderson 66), Berbatov (Hernandez 77), Rooney, Giggs  Goal Rooney (Pen 87)

Glasgow Rangers – McGregor, Weir, Broadfoot, Foster, Whittaker, McCulloch, Davis, Weiss (Fleck 79), Hutton (Beattie 88), Naismith, Miller.

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  1. bouncybear says:

    Deserved Win. Congratulations and good luck in the knock out stages.

    Nice to see Fergie coming down the marble stairs and to hear his gracious words about our team afterwards. “”He was missing four players and that’s difficult,
    “They have shown they are very hard to beat and very organised and that’s a great foundation.

    Did Chico play last night? I could have sworn he was supposed to be lynched because of his religion.

    You really are a biter wee man Frank. Even in victory you continue to be a ‘credit’ to your club.

  2. Frank Scicluna says:

    Thanks for the good wishes mate. The only words that could have possibly upset you were the ones at the end but I only need to quote the television commentary “The Rangers bus is back and this time it’s parked at Ibrox”

  3. bouncybear says:

    Your remarks are characteristically ungracious and unsporting.

    You would not have deserved to lose, but you might have done had we made the most of our chances.

    Given the gulf in resources, reflected in the relative debts of the clubs, the fact that we could only muster two first pick defenders, that we had to give a 19 year-old what was only his 2nd start, and that we couldn’t even fill our subs bench, I have no complaints about our tactics.

    Your team of pampered prima-donnas struggled to break down a team from an inferior league that was missing half it’s players. You were made to look distinctly average. I think all of this suggests we got our tactics just right. If you seriously think we should have gone 4 at the back with a 40 year old as our only recognised CB you don’t know much about football. Your manager who DOES know a bit more about the game than you, had no complaints and had the good grace to offer his admiration of how we went about an uphill task.

    You by contrast still refuse to offer an apology for your ludicrous and offensive pre-match post about Chico. No surprises in that. You come across as a small minded person with an agenda.

    A bitter wee man.

  4. Frank Scicluna says:

    Many thanks for your compliments bouncybear. Rangers have now been relegated to the Europa League. Enjoy

  5. bouncybear says:

    Frank given that no other Scottish team managed even to qualify for Europe this season, ‘relegation’ to the Europa league is actually a positive accomplishment for us. Once again something your teams manager recognises but you seem incapable of.

    Your parting shot confirms my impression of you. A wee man with an agenda. Someone with few friends due to his lack of character, grace and personality.

    Enjoy your virtual life seeking praise from your fellow glory seekers.

    Bitter wee man

  6. Frank Scicluna says:

    Does not say much for Scottish teams does it mate?

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