United didn't have to get out of first gear to beat a Roma team that worked hard in the first half wasting a few clear cut chances. However, it was United who controlled the game and C-Ron&Co. were able to pierce Roma's brittle defence at will. Ronaldo scored a great header in the first half with Rooney capitalizing on a goalkeeping howler by Brazilian No.1 Doni to make it 2-0.
Roma completely folded after that, their midfield stopped chasing back and it looked as if another cricket score might be on the cards. But United seemed happy win 2-0 and didn't push themselves too hard, although Ronaldo hit the post and Rooney missed an easy chance before the end.
The teams meet again at Old Trafford in eight days. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Roma 0 Manchester United 2