The party line
Sir Alex Ferguson won't let anything sour his 25th anniversary, says Ray Wilkins, including Otelul.
Last Updated: 02/11/11 9:07am
Sir Alex Ferguson is an absolute phenomenon.
His achievements in football across the last 25 years are nothing short of heroic.
It's not just the wealth of titles he's won that marks him out, it's the team-building he's undertaken at Old Trafford too.
His have been teams of real quality; I thought United's result on Saturday at Goodison Park was very, very typical of Sir Alex's sides.
Everton is a tough place to go at any time, especially so when you've just suffered a humiliating derby defeat, but they came away with a 1-0 result and I'm sure Sir Alex would have been well chuffed with that.
I watched their defending closely in that game and to a man they were putting themselves on the line - a really positive sign for any manager.
Everton had a few chances to score - and a big penalty claim towards the end against Patrice Evra - but they came through what was a tough old encounter and are on the up once again.
At the start of this season the type of football they were playing was exceptional and I'm sure we are going to see a return to that style soon, although it may not be quite so gung-ho.
United's European form has been good so far apart from their opening game against Basel, when they needed a late Ashley Young header to salvage a point after going behind.
I expect them to take all three points on Wednesday against FC Otelul Galati, without a doubt, and I'm sure that they will finish top of Group C too when all is said and done.
I'd expect Sir Alex is going to send out a strong side at Old Trafford even though United's Romanian opponents have precious little European experience at this level.
They'll have to do without Ashley this time, due to injury, which is a shame for all concerned because the lad has started the season in fine form.
As you normally find with a lot of young men his form has tapered but that's the way young men are and will always be.
Ashley will come again and get some real good form behind him, which will be good not only for United but for England too.
Chris Smalling is also ruled out, while Nemanja Vidic is suspended but even so United have more than enough cover at the back to cope.
I simply can't see Otelul turning up and crashing Sir Alex's anniversary celebrations.