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Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to defy many things in his time at Manchester United but acts of God are not among them. Yesterday evening Bucharest seemed as though the Danube had burst its banks; a vicious electrical storm crashed down over the city and further soaked the already sodden pitch at the national Lia Manoliu Stadium. The avenues resembled rivers, the streets streams.

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