Manchester United 2 – 2 Benfica
Manchester United's stuttering Champions League campaign has delivered another unwelcome result as a Benfica side full of adventure and attacking verve secured the point that leaves Sir Alex Ferguson's team requiring a draw in Basel in two weeks' time to be sure of qualification for the knock-out stages. That result should not be beyond United, but Pablo Aimar's second-half equaliser means Benfica will be guaranteed top spot in Group C if they can defeat Otelul Galati, irrespective of the outcome in Switzerland.
Swansea City 0 – 1 Manchester United
Manchester United are clambering back to their feet. After being floored in humiliating fashion by Manchester City a month ago, they have now won five matches in a row without conceding a goal. City's swagger is becoming ever jauntier but at least their lead at the top of the Premier League is not getting any bigger. United may not be playing with panache but they are securing points.
Manchester United 2 - 0 Otelul Galati
Manchester United struck early and late to secure an uninspiring 2-0 Champions League win against Otelul Galati at Old Trafford. Antonio Valencia opened the scoring in the eighth minute, and Wayne Rooney made the result safe with a deflected effort on 87 minutes that may go down as an own-goal.
Manchester United 1 – 0 Sunderland
Manchester United made sure that Sir Alex Ferguson’s 25th anniversary at the club was a day to remember by winning all three points against Sunderland. The red devils did about just enough on the field, although even that could have proved to be insufficient had former Man United defender Wesley Brown not headed the ball into his own net.
Manchester United were outclassed and outpassed as Barcelona's carousel kept on spinning. Tough learnings were handed out by a Barcelona side, whose improvement since 2009 had gone largely unmentioned prior to the match. That United finished top of the Premier League by 9 points, yet the match resembled something of a training ground routine, only reinforces the belief that Barcelona are one of the greatest club sides ever.