Key battles

Manchester United head into the unknown when they tackle Otelul Galati live on Sky Sports. We look at the crucial encounters likely to decide the clash.

Manchester United head into unknown territory when they tackle Romanian title winners Otelul Galati in the Champions League, live on Sky Sports.

The pair have never met before and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson must hope his side can find that winning mentality after back-to-back draws.

Gabriel Paraschiv v Anderson

Veteran midfielder Paraschiv apparently asked for a 30 per cent pay cut last season because his performances were so poor. Anderson will expect to take advantage if the 33-year-old is still the same.

Marius Pena v Nemanja Vidic

Burly striker Pena became the first Galati player to score in the Champions League, although his effort in Basle did not save his side from defeat. After two months out, Vidic may not necessarily have to be at his best to emerge in credit here.

Milan Perendija v Wayne Rooney

Like Vidic, Perendija hails from Serbia but that seems to be where the comparisons end as he has never won a full cap. If Rooney is unleashed he may get rid of some of that Euro 2012 frustration.