Manchester United make life difficult for themselves in the Champions League group stage after a lackluster performance results in a 1-1 draw at CSKA Moscow.
Despite dominating possession for the majority of the first half, United struggled to find a way through the CSKA stronghold in what was always expected to be a tough game,
It was CSKA Moscow who drew first blood when, against the run of play, a handball in the Manchester United box from Anthony Martial in the 15th minute, resulted in a penalty. The penalty, taken by Eremenko, was saved by David de Gea but Doumbia was quickest to react and converted the rebound to put the home side 1-0 ahead.
The second half brought a slight improvement with Manchester United continuing to control the game and creating a few chances.
On 59 minutes, a Herrera cross found Rooney who headed straight at the keeper and on 62 minutes the CSKA keeper made easy work of a weak, in-step, Lingard shot.
With these two chances coming within a couple of minutes of each other you sensed a goal was coming. And it did, with Anthony Martial making amends for his handball incident. On 64 minutes, Ander Herrera played a clever through ball into the path of Antonio Valencia who hit a first time cross into the box. The cross was fractionally too high for Rooney but Anthony Martial was behind and with a fantastic diving header arrowing the ball past the keeper and in off the far post.
The game continued with Manchester United trying without success to get a winner. CSKA Moscow seemed to persistently outnumber United by two or three to one with their constant pressing and plugging of any gaps.
If United are going to progress through the group stage they will need to find a way of breaking teams down and quick.
As it stands, Manchester United now sit 2nd, two points behind VfL Wolfsburg with the group still very much open after 3 games.
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CSKA Moscow Team Sheet
Berezutski (Berezutski – 42′)
Alekseevich Eremenko (Panchenko – 83′)
Dzagoev (Cauna – 87′)
Manchester United Team Sheet
Rojo (Blind – 63′)
Schweinsteiger (Fellaini – 45′)
Lingard (Depay – 80′)