United States World Cup midfielder MAURICE EDU of Glasgow Rangers shields the ball from England World Cup striker WAYNE ROONEY of Manchester United at historic Old Trafford in the northwest of England. (Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)
UEFA Champions League
0 – Manchester United (ENG)
0 – Glasgow Rangers (SCT)
Visiting Scottish side GLASGOW RANGERS defended with great vigor and held English host MANCHESTER UNITED to a goalless draw in the first round of Group C play in the UEFA Champions League.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON fielded mostly a reserve side at Old Trafford though England World Cup striker WAYNE ROONEY was restored to his normal position up front for Manchester United after sitting out the Everton match in the Premiership over the weekend.
While experienced England international defender RIO FERDINAND returned for the Red Devils after a lengthy injury layoff, Manchester United will be without the services of Ecuador international winger ANTONIO VALENCIA, who was stretched off in the 63rd minute with a serious ankle issue.
It has been 18 years since a Scottish (Glasgow Rangers) last defeated an English team (Leeds United) in the South at the highest level of European competition so it is, perhaps, not surprising visiting manager WALTER SMITH deployed three backs in central defense and brought on just one substitute against mighty Manchester United.
Glasgow Rangers are restricted from using Croatia international striker NIKICA JELAVIC, the 4.0 million English pound purchase from Austrian club SK Rapid Vienna; die Gruen-Weissen’s dramatic defeat of Aston Villa away and subsequent qualification for the Group stages of the UEFA Europa League left the 25-year-old, who scored his first goal for the Gers against Hamilton Academical in the Scottish league over the weekend, cup-tied.
MANCHESTER UNITED : Kuszczak ; Fabio (Evans 76′), Ferdinand, Brown, Smalling ; Park (Owen 76′), Fletcher, Gibson, Valencia (Giggs 63′) ; Rooney, Hernandez
GLASGOW RANGERS : McGregor ; Broadfoot, Papac, Bougherra, Weir, Whittaker ; McCulloch, Edu, Davis, Naismith ; Miller (Lafferty 81′)
Scotland international goalkeeper ALLAN MCGREGOR of Glasgow Rangers accepts congratulations from assistant manager and former Scotland international striker ALLY MCCOIST for a clean sheet in the Champions League at Old Trafford in Manchester. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe)