No repeat of the thrashing handed out to Roma in last season’s quarter-final by Manchester United as Roma players competed neck to neck, creating better chances with Totti and Alberto going so close, but eventually deprived of scoring the equalizer. Meanwhile, United has something to cheer as striker Rooney scored his first goal of the season with a superb 70th-minute strike, to give his team a somewhat fortunate 1-0 win and put United in the driving seat. Match-winner, Rooney praising Roma’s display at Old Trafford, said, I think Roma played really well tonight. We knew it was going to be more difficult than last season. They played well and honestly the fair result was probably a draw, but we held on to the win. The Premier League champions facing scarcity of goals as six of seven wins this season have come by the same margin and have failed to hit anything like top form to bewildered Ferguson. His disappointment further adds to see his side lacking momentum in wide positions with Ronaldo and the £17m summer buy, Nani failing to show any first-class job. The best strike-force, Roma now heads into a tricky double header against Sporting Lisbon, which could well decide who goes through as the second placed team.