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Rooney stresses Man Utd will not take CFR Cluj clash lightly

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By Adam Mazrani

Monday 01 October 2012

Wayne Rooney is confident that his Manchester United team can bounce back from their surprising home defeat to Tottenham on Saturday and continue their winning start to the Champions League by taking three points from their trip to Transylvannia to play Romanian champions CFR Cluj.

According to the Independent however, Rooney has denied claims that the Red Devils will underestimate the Romanian minnows, citing United’s experience in going out of the Champions League group stages last year as a warning of what could happen.

“The Champions League is completely different to the Premier League,” said Rooney. “If you are not at your best you get punished, which is what happened to us last season. We have to make sure that won’t happen again this year so this is a big game for us. Hopefully we will get a win which will put us in a good position to go through so early on in the group.”

Rooney has made an impressive recovery from the gash in his thigh that kept him out for four games, playing well in his side’s 2-1 victory against Newcastle in the League Cup last week before coming off the bench to spark an ultimately failed Man Utd recovery against Tottenham at Old Trafford.

Following their first home defeat to Spurs in 23 years, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men lie third, four points off league leaders Chelsea.

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