Slovakia World Cup midfielder VLADIMIR WEISS of Glasgow Rangers, on loan for the season from English club Manchester City, has a painful meeting with Manchester United’s Portugal international winger NANI (17), who missed the 2010 FIFA showcase in South Africa thru injury, at Ibrox Stadium on the south bank of the River Clyde in the capital city of Scotland. (Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)
UEFA Champions League
0 – Glasgow Rangers (SCT)
1 – Manchester United (ENG) ——— Rooney pen 87′
A penalty kick with less than four minutes to full time settled this year’s Battle of Britain as visiting English club MANCHESTER UNITED edged Scottish side GLASGOW RANGERS 1-0 and maintained leadership of Group C in the UEFA Champions League.
England World Cup striker WAYNE ROONEY, playing his second game in five days after missing about a month, registered his first goal in the Champions League this season for Manchester United from the spot after youthful Brazilian fullback FABIO absorbed a blow from Glasgow Rangers’ Scotland international winger STEVEN NAISMITH on the edge of the box.
The judgement was, in the mind of Glasgow Rangers manager WALTER SMITH, a bit harsh to say the least; the ruling was unfortunate for Scotland international goalkeeper ALLAN MCGREGOR, who once again in Europe bravely stood tall between the sticks for Rangers to thwart the Red Devils for nearly ninety minutes.
Holland international goalkeeper EDWIN VAN DER SAR had only three saves against the Rangers, but two rescued Manchester United from a pair of very dangerous situations; of particular note was the second half stop on the on-rushing Naismith after the 40-year-old veteran wisely came off his line.
The controversial Rooney, who recently signed a new contract with Manchester United, flopped with the rest of England in South Africa after scoring 34 goals in all competitions for the Red Devils last year. And, the 25-year-old striker has gotten off to a very slow start to the new 2010-11 campaign, as well, while appearing in just eight of Manchester United’s 21 matches this term. The goal against Glasgow Rangers was only Rooney’s second of this season.
The Gers, meanwhile, must go into the UEFA Europa League this spring; once again, Scotland international striker KENNY MILLER, who has amassed 18 goals in the domestic league for Rangers thus far, fails to deliver in Europe.
GLASGOW RANGERS : McGregor – Davis, Whittaker, Broadfoot, Weir, Foster – Naismith, McCulloch, Hutton (Beattie 88′), Weiss (Fleck 79′) – Miller
MANCHESTER UNITED : van der Sar – O’Shea, Evans, Smalling, Fabio – Nani (Obertan 77′), Carrick, Scholes (Anderson 67′), Giggs – Berbatov (Hernandez 77′), Rooney
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