The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

Van Persie double puts the bite on CFR Cluj


NAPOCA, Romania (AFP) - Robin van Persie put the bite on Romanian minnows CFR Cluj in Transylvania as the Manchester United striker's double clinched a 2-1 win in Champions League Group H on Tuesday.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side suffered an early fright in the region best known for providing the supposedly vampire-filled setting for Bram Stoker's Dracula.

But Pantelis Kapetanos's early goal for Cluj didn't suck the life out of United, who maintained their 100 per cent start to this season's competition thanks to van Persie's brace.

United were rarely at their best at the Dr Constantin Radulescu Stadium, but Cluj ultimately lacked the quality to take advantage and Ferguson could take heart from the way van Persie and Wayne Rooney combined for both goals.