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Patience paid off in the end - Man Utd's Smalling

Manchester United had to be patient in last night's Champions League clash with Otelul Galati.

The Red Devils required two penalties from Wayne Rooney (in the 64th and 92nd minutes) to overcome the Romanian outfit and also had to deal with the controversial sending off of Nemanja Vidic in the 66th minute.

Despite some critics calling it an unconvincing win, young defender Chris Smalling, who was moved from right-back to centre-half by Sir Alex Ferguson, feels that United were always coming at Galati and just needed patience to secure the three points.

"We had to be patient," he said. "We didn't create too many chances in the first half but we kept pressing and it paid off.

"Wayne and Javier were causing problems around the box. The opposition were starting to pick up yellow cards and we were penetrating close to goal." He added: "That was a massive game and we play them at home next. If we can pick up another there points it will look a lot rosier."

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