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Transylvanian tie spooks Manchester United into action as Wayne Rooney insists Reds must forget Spurs downfall

By Dean Wilkins

After Tottenham finally spoiled Manchester United’s 23-year party at Old Trafford, the Reds must move on from licking their wounds and prepare for the Champions League claims Wayne Rooney.

Andre Villas-Boas is the only Spurs manager to have ever left United’s home ground with three points in the Premier League after a dramatic 3-2 win on Saturday.

But the 12-time winners must reorganise and ready themselves for a trip to Transylvania as the face Romanian champions CFR Cluj tomorrow.

“The Champions League is completely different to the Premier League,” said the England striker.

“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.”

Although Sir Alex Ferguson’s men find themselves in a relatively straightforward and inexperienced group, on paper, Rooney insists that the Champions League still attracts the highest quality of football in the continent.

“It still think it is exciting,” added Rooney. “It is a great competition to be in.

“You look at the teams involved and it is a great challenge for everyone. It is something I love playing in.”

Ferguson has altered United’s pre-match plans ahead of tomorrow’s clash as the first team will train at their Carrington base before flying out to Romania to check the fitness of Jonny Evans.

The Northern Ireland international limped off the pitch on Saturday and furthered Fergie’s injury woes as Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling remain unavailable for selection.

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