Full-time - 90'
1 - 2
18:45 +00:00, October 2, 2012
Dr. Constantin Radulescu Stadium
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It was far from a vintage display, but for United the result is the important factor and they go into their double header with Braga now hot, hot favourites to top the group.
And there it is, full time and three points to United.
Now Rada finds space in the D, he spins to shoot and Wootton makes a fine block making his body big.
The corner comes in, Rooney can head away.
Brilliant cross from the right, fine header from Rafael Bastos and an even better save from De Gea, pushing the ball around the post to his left.
Oooooh! What a chance for Cluj!
Three minutes to be added.
Corner to Cluj, it comes into the box and United eventually clear but not convincingly.
Bjelanovic goes in too physically on De Gea, free-kick.
Rafael Bastos takes the free-kick, in a central area 30 yards out, himself and it's awful - chipped to the edge of the area and headed away with ease.
Rafael Bastos goes down in a heap after a strong challenge from Ferdinand and out comes the card.
If the score stays as it is Man United will be in control of this group with two wins. Braga and Cluj will have three points each with Galatasaray on zero.
Javier Hernandez's evening is over, and on comes Danny Welbeck.
Cluj aren't going to score without the ball, but they don't appear desperate to get it back.
Matías Aguirregaray is replaced by Viorel Nicoara.
Scott Wootton is indeed now brought on for his Champions League debut in place of Jonny Evans.
Camora is furious after the ref gives a foul against him on Fletcher.
Anderson and Aguirregaray tangle again, almostly wrestling each other to get back on their feet.
Robin van Persie scores his second goal against Cluj
Van Persie pulls a pass back in the box for Evra who has a great chance before being bundled over - no penalty says the ref.
Anderson is knocked down by Aguirregaray, free-kick.
United still enjoying the lion's share of the possession.
Rooney drags a cross across the six yard box but it's just too far in front of the outstretched leg of Van Persie for his hat-trick.
There really is very little happening in this game at the moment.
United have not really looked in much danger ever since Sougou was forced off injured.
Robin van Persie celebrates after scoring the equaliser against Cluj
United would have to turn to rookie centre-back Scott Wootton should Evans need to be replaced.
Jonny Evans looks like he's struggling a little bit, not really what United want with the dearth of defensive options at their disposal.
The game has gone back to the pattern of the opening 15 minutes. United enjoying possession and looking in little trouble.
Anderson delays playing a short ball on the right, opts to cross and puts it out of play for a goal-kick.
Three players go down in the United box after challenging for a header, all three seem fine and don't need treatment.
In the other game in the group, Braga lead 1-0 at Galatasaray.
No sign of any changes to either side yet.
The third corner comes in, but this time the ref blows for a foul in favour of United.
Cadu meets the corner and De Gea is forced to palm the ball over the bar, an easy save and Cadu could have done better.
Two corner in quick succession from Cluj, this is better from them.
Pinto finds Kapetanos just inside the box but the attempted one-two breaks down.
Cluj work the ball into the box, the final pass is not a good one but Kapetanos is allowed space and gets the shot off - but it is ballooned way over.
Van Persie and Aguirregaray square up, after a poor tackle by the Dutch striker. The ref calms things down.
Cluj have come back at United after that goal. Not it is the home side who have to find something extra.
What a beautiful goal, and it's the same combination again. Rooney plays a ball over the top to Van Persie who, eight yards out, guides the ball past Felgueiras with the outside of his boot.
GOAL ROBIN VAN PERSIE
Van Persie curls one in from the right, the keeper fists away.
Rooney tries a shot from distance and it is deflected behind for a corner.
Cluj get the second half under way.
The players are back out for the second half.
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United were well on top throughout the game and were hit on the break for Cluj's opener. They have created more as the game has gone on and must be hot favourites to win.
One minute to be added on.
Rooney takes on the shot, it lacks any real power and bounces harmlessly into the gloves of Felgueiras.
Van Persie is tripped by Rafael Bastos, this is in a central position 30 yards from goal.
Rafael crosses from the right and finds Rooney, but it's just behind him and his improvised header bounces wide.
Rooney takes, it comes to Cleverley on the edge of the box and he stumbles under the challenge of Aguirregaray - United appeal but it's never a penalty.
Cleverley wins another corner, again on the left.
Rafael crosses from the right but it's way too strong and despite the efforts of Hernandez it goes out for a throw on the opposite flank.
Muresan tries an ambitious shot from 30 yards which is blocked by a United defender.
The roof nearly came off the stadium when Cluj scored, they are a lot quieter now.
Rooney takes but the ref spots an infringement in the box and hands a free-kick to Cluj.
Corner to United over on the left.
United growing in confidence now - can they get a second before the interval? They look much more dangerous.
Neat play from United as Anderson finds Hernandez who in turn feeds in Van Persie. He's through on goal but blasts a shot straight at Felgueiras, who saves.
Man United have had 70% of the possession, Cluj happy to let them have the ball.
Hernandez tries a snap shot from the edge of the D, it lacks power and is easy for Felgueiras to gather.
United needed that to give them an edge again, but it still seems difficult to pick out where the chances will come from in open play.
Rooney floats the free-kick in from the left, Cluj push out too late and leave Van Persie completely unmarked - he misses the header but the ball bounces off his shoulder and loops over the keeper and in.
GOAL FC Cluj 1-1 Man United - Robin Van Persie
Hernandez fouled, and a free-kick to United on the left flank.
United might need to look at bringing Nani on at the break to give them some more invention in midfield.
United are playing at the pace of Fabio Capello's England.
United are lacking natural width on the pitch tonight and it's making it hard for them to break down Cluj.
Sougou has been a nightmare for Evra, he'll certainly be glad of the change.
An early change for Cluj as Sougou has taken a knock. Luis Alberto comes on.
So close for United as Cleverley finds Van Persie on the penalty spot, he swivels on a six-pence but sends his shot wide. Should have done better.
Patriece Evra, who has had a stinker so far, catches Sougou with his boot when going for the ball karate fashion - nothing sinister in that though.
The corner comes to nothing, but then Hernandez is found in the box and he lays off a pass for Anderson who can only stab a shot a yard wide.
Rooney turns well on the edge of the box and Felgueiras is forced to push the ball behind for a corner.
Cluj will happily play on the break now and hope for another opportunity like the goal.
Rooney takes from the left but it doesn't get past the near post.
Rada heads a cross over his own bar and it's a corner to United.
This is what the game needed, as Man United did not seem willing to force the pace.
Sougou finds space on the right, and his low cross finds Kapetanos free in the centre of the area and he guides the ball past De Gea. Game on!
GOAL GOAL! Cluj 1-0 Man United
Sougou goes down after getting a Rafael cross-field pass square in the face, he rubs his head and is fine.
And of course Cluj knocked out Basle in the play-off round in August.
United will be careful not to underestimate Cluj after their slip-ups against Basle last season.
A very pedestrian pace about this game.
United in their all-white away kit in Romania tonight.
United being very patient in possession, waiting for a chance to break open the home defence.
Bastos takes the corner from the right this team, it's met by a Cluj head but goes harmlessly 10 yards wide.
Sougou rose to meet the corner at the near post, Fletcher gets a vital head there to concede another corner.
Corner to Cluj. Early chance for the home side to test De Gea.
Opta Stat: Manchester United have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine Champions League away games.
Rooney tries to feed in Hernandez but there's just too much on the pass.
Man United kick-off.
Van Persie is set to partner Hernandez with Rooney in an attacking midfield role.
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Cluj: Mario Felgueiras, Sepsi, Cadu, Rada, Ivo Pinto, Sougou, Aguirregaray, Muresan, Camora, Bastos, Kapetanos. Subs: Stancioiu, Diogo Valente, Nicoara, Maftei, Piccolo, Bjelanovic, Luis Alberto.
Man United: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Cleverley, Anderson, Fletcher, Rooney, Hernandez, van Persie. Subs: Lindegaard, Nani, Welbeck, Powell, Kagawa, Buttner, Wootton.
Sir Alex Ferguson has gone with a very attacking line-up, starting with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie AND Javier Hernandez.
United travel to Romania looking to make it back to back Champions League wins against FC Cluj.
David De Gea
Robin Van Persie