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The referee brings the game to a close.
The referee books Steven Whittaker for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Steven Whittaker on Wayne Rooney, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Fabio Da Silva.
The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Richard Foster takes a shot. Blocked by Jonathan Evans.
Shot from 20 yards from Steven Naismith. Chris Smalling gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Beattie by Chris Smalling. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
Javier Hernandez takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
Corner taken short by Oliveira Anderson.
The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Kirk Broadfoot makes a clearance.
James Beattie comes on in place of Kyle Hutton.
Steven Naismith booked for unsporting behaviour. Wayne Rooney scores a penalty. Rangers 0-1 Man Utd.Penalty awarded for a foul by Steven Naismith on Fabio Da Silva.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Kenny Miller. Free kick taken by Edwin Van der Sar.
Corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Steven Naismith.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Steven Whittaker gets a block in.
Kyle Hutton is booked. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabio Da Silva by Kyle Hutton. Direct free kick taken by Fabio Da Silva.
The ball is sent over by Gabriel Obertan, blocked by Richard Foster.
The ball is sent over by Wayne Rooney, David Weir makes a clearance.
John Fleck replaces Vladimir Weiss.
Michael Carrick produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Ryan Giggs concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. Free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
Gabriel Obertan comes on in place of Luis Nani.
Dimitar Berbatov goes off and Javier Hernandez comes on.
Effort on goal by Wayne Rooney from 12 yards. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Close range header by Wayne Rooney goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Outswinging corner taken by Luis Nani from the right by-line played to the near post.
The ball is delivered by Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
Shot by Wayne Rooney from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.
Richard Foster fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
Steven Davis delivers the ball, Chris Smalling manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Steven Naismith.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fabio Da Silva on Steven Naismith. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, clearance by Michael Carrick.
Paul Scholes goes off and Oliveira Anderson comes on. Kenny Miller fouled by Michael Carrick, the ref awards a free kick. Vladimir Weiss crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Fabio Da Silva fouled by David Weir, the ref awards a free kick. Edwin Van der Sar restarts play with the free kick.
Oliveira Anderson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Scholes. Foul by Michael Carrick on Kenny Miller, awarded.
Steven Whittaker delivers the ball, Ryan Giggs gets a block in.
Centre by John O'Shea, save by Steven Davis.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.
Paul Scholes takes a shot. David Weir gets a block in.
Short corner taken by Paul Scholes.
Short corner taken by Ryan Giggs.
Luis Nani sends in a cross, blocked by Kirk Broadfoot.
Centre by Paul Scholes.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani from the right by-line to the near post, Kirk Broadfoot makes a clearance.
Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
Steven Whittaker has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
Steven Naismith takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Nani, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Fabio Da Silva, Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance.
Michael Carrick takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
Kyle Hutton takes a shot. Save made by Edwin Van der Sar.
Richard Foster fouled by Luis Nani, the ref awards a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
Centre by Ryan Giggs, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Giggs from the right by-line played to the near post, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Luis Nani, clearance by David Weir.
Kenny Miller is caught offside. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
Kyle Hutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luis Nani. Strike on goal comes in from Wayne Rooney from the free kick.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
Unfair challenge on Kenny Miller by Jonathan Evans results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, Dimitar Berbatov makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Ryan Giggs, David Weir makes a clearance.
The official flags Kenny Miller offside. Jonathan Evans takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Vladimir Weiss from the right by-line.
Kenny Miller takes a shot. Save by Edwin Van der Sar.
Fabio Da Silva crosses the ball, Wayne Rooney takes a shot.
A cross is delivered by Wayne Rooney, blocked by Kirk Broadfoot.
Unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Fabio Da Silva results in a free kick. Steven Whittaker takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Luis Nani from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
John O'Shea delivers the ball, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
Ryan Giggs delivers the ball, David Weir manages to make a clearance.
Jonathan Evans fouled by Kenny Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Scholes takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Michael Carrick by Kenny Miller. Direct free kick taken by Paul Scholes.
Corner from left by-line taken by Ryan Giggs.
Ryan Giggs produces a cross, Steven Davis gets a block in.
Luis Nani gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Vladimir Weiss.
Dimitar Berbatov is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Giggs to the near post, clearance by David Weir.
Wayne Rooney takes a shot. Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.
The ball is delivered by Dimitar Berbatov.
Luis Nani takes a shot. Clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.
Wayne Rooney sends in a cross, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dimitar Berbatov by Kirk Broadfoot. Free kick taken by Ryan Giggs.
Luis Nani concedes a free kick for a foul on Vladimir Weiss. Kirk Broadfoot restarts play with the free kick.
Paul Scholes crosses the ball.
Steven Naismith fouled by Fabio Da Silva, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Steven Davis, Close range headed effort by Kenny Miller goes wide of the left-hand upright.
Corner taken by Luis Nani, save by Allan McGregor.
Pass corner from right by-line taken by Ryan Giggs to short, clearance made by Steven Davis.
Centre by Dimitar Berbatov, David Weir makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, save by Edwin Van der Sar.
The ball is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, save made by Allan McGregor.
Luis Nani produces a cross, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.
The ball is swung over by Dimitar Berbatov, clearance made by Richard Foster.
Paul Scholes takes a shot. Steven Whittaker gets a block in.
Corner taken short by Ryan Giggs.
Centre by Dimitar Berbatov, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Fabio Da Silva, Dimitar Berbatov takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Luis Nani on Steven Naismith. Steven Whittaker takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Michael Carrick.
Foul by Chris Smalling on Kenny Miller, free kick awarded. David Weir takes the free kick.
The referee gets the game started.
Sir Alex Ferguson opted against taking a trip down memory lane after landing back home in Glasgow.
Ferguson has no time for sentiment for Rangers or their manager, his old friend Walter Smith, and, it seems, no more messing about with his team as Dimitar Berbatov tries to rediscover his impressive early-season form.
"We have been changing the strikers quite a lot recently and I have to accept responsibility for changing it too much," Ferguson said.
"Now we are going to have a more consistent look about our team. We have a lot of good young options but hopefully we can get Wayne Rooney back to his best and Dimitar is suited to playing with Wayne."
If the return of Rooney to the starting line-up dominates debate over Ferguson's team selection, Berbatov's slump in form is not that far behind.
During a stellar first month of the campaign, United's £30.75million record buy was in outstanding form, capped by a brilliant hat-trick against Liverpool.
Since then, nothing, his performances gradually reducing to the point where he did not even make the bench for the weekend win over Wigan and doubt is again being raised about his long-term future.
"It has not taken Dimitar back to square one," Ferguson insisted.
"In our game it is very difficult to play well every week. We are in a competitive league. The results themselves tell you something. Getting consistency of performance from front players is very difficult.
"Look around at other clubs. They are finding it much the same as us."
A Rangers win would leave United in a last day confrontation with Valencia, with another victory against Bursaspor taking them through at one of the favourites' expense.
"It is an interesting situation and one we have to treat pretty seriously," Ferguson said.
"It is all right saying we only need one point, but if Rangers win we then have to beat Valencia, so hopefully we can continue our form away from home in the Champions League."
Rangers will give Sasa Papac every opportunity to prove his fitness.
The defender has been out with concussion after suffering a knock to the head a couple of weeks ago and is a doubt for the clash at Ibrox.
Madjid Bougherra (hamstring) and Maurice Edu (knee) are both sidelined, with Andy Webster, James Beattie and Nikica Jelavic also still out of action.
Rooney sends United through
There was no apology from Wayne Rooney, only a match-winning penalty as the Manchester United sharpshooter fired his side into the knockout phase with a 1-0 win over Rangers.
On his first start since signing a lucrative new contract and annoying the Red Devils fans with his negotiating tactics, Rooney gave another television interview in which he did not say sorry.
Whether United are bothered is debatable. After all, Rooney is paid to score goals and on his first start following a long-standing ankle injury, he did just that, sending Allan McGregor the wrong way after Fabio had been fouled to give the visitors their fateful spot-kick near the end.
For Rangers, there was no way back and Valencia's hammering of Bursaspor in Spain condemned them to the Europa League next year.
That is not a competition to be troubling United, or Rooney whose vow to win over his club supporters with his performances on the field could not have got off to a better start.
Sir Alex Ferguson had flagged this up as Rooney's first start since the beginning of October last week.
The interim period has seen the 25-year-old enjoy a holiday with his wife in Dubai and get put through a week's conditioning work in Oregon in his battle to recover from his well-publicised ankle injury.
It is that five-year contract that filled most column inches though, the conduct of his camp during the period when he declared an intention to leave that has brought criticism from Ferguson and a belief that an apology would eventually come.
That has not transpired, just a commitment to prove to United's legion of supporters that he really is sewn into the Old Trafford fabric.
The best way for Rooney to do that of course, is to score some goals, something he has not done for his club in open play since netting the opening goal in a Champions League quarter-final defeat to Bayern Munich last March.
He came very close to ending that record just before half-time, when he rose to meet Fabio's near-post cross, only to guide his header onto the roof of Allan McGregor's bar.
It was by far the closest anyone came to breaking the deadlock in a game that was better than the goalless meeting between the two sides in September - but only just.
Rangers routinely had seven men within an imaginary five-yard line to the most advanced United forward, which offered their visitors hardly any room.
On the single occasion United's skill got them through, thanks to intricate passes from Ryan Giggs, Nani and Michael Carrick, the chance went begging when Nani drove his first-time effort over with what looked like a toe-poke.
Rangers did cause their opponents some anxious moments.
Kenny Miller, who once scored a winner for Wolves against these opponents, was a threat.
But the Scotland star has not scored at this level of the game in 14 attempts and one header went harmlessly wide before a United defence lacking rested duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic let Miller shoot from an acute angle rather than offering an opening to square.
It turned out to be the correct decision as Edwin van der Sar made an excellent feet-first block.
As Valencia had virtually wrapped up victory by the break against Bursaspor, Rangers knew they needed to win to survive, which might have led to a more enterprising approach.
United were the ones with the extra class though and Rooney was not that far away from putting them ahead with a 25-yard free-kick.
Dimitar Berbatov then wasted a decent opportunity, failing to connect properly with a volley that normally would have expected to put McGregor in trouble.
Carrick was next to get a sight of the Rangers goal and he at least tested McGregor with a low shot which the Scotland keeper beat away.
The growing pressure around the home box led to a more enterprising approach from Rangers and Steven Naismith almost profited from some suicidal defending by Jonny Evans, who needed van der Saar to come to his rescue with a brave block.
Impressive in the first meeting, McGregor was an obdurate presence once more and he denied Berbatov's angled drive with a neat save to his right.
Rooney's luckless night continued when he blazed a long-range effort over, then he headed a Giggs' cross wide just after Berbatov had a goalbound shot blocked.
It appeared it was not to be Rooney's night when another opportunity sailed wide but five minutes from the end, Naismith made a rash challenge on Fabio and offered the striker a chance to start repaying United supporters in the only currency they really care about.
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