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Manchester United 1-0 CSKA Moscow | Match Report

Manchester United score first goal in 404 minutes with a header from Rooney to beat CSKA Moscow 1-0 in match day 4 of the Champions League group stage.

Despite the victory, it will be mixed feelings for many Manchester United fans with the overall performance improved, but there was still little work for Akinfeev to do in the CSKA Moscow goal.

United controlled the game from the start and started at a much higher tempo than in recent games. More crosses were put in and more chances created.

The first fell to Wayne Rooney in the 4th minute. Marcos Rojo played a first time cross from the left which took a touch off Anthony Martial. The ball then bounced for Rooney who hit his volley just wide.

In the 9th and 10th minute Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard had a chance each to get on the score sheet but Rojo’s shot was closed down quickly by Akinfeev and Lingard’s strike sailed over the bar.

In the 16th minute Daley Blind spotted a Juan Mata run and hit a long ball over the top. Mata was able to beat his marker but a charging Akinfeev forced Mata to slide and poke the ball just wide of the bottom right post.

Marcos Rojo and Jesse Lingard both had chances again around the half hour mark. Lingard’s attempt again went high over the bar while Rojo was closer with his volley from an Ashley Young cross. But pulled the volley wide of the left post.

Manchester United started the second half well by pressing the CSKA Moscow defence.

Marcos Rojo popped up again, this time from a Rooney corner. The left-back got in front of his man but placed his header just wide of the back post.

A few minutes later Anthony Martial had a chance to put United ahead when he got his head on the end of a Rojo cross but his header was too close to Akinfeev.

Around the hour mark Manchester United began to ease off. The fans around the stadium voiced their disapproval with echoing chants of “We’re Man United, and we want some attack”, quickly followed by “Attack! Attack! Attack!”

The team responded to the chants and created a couple more chances. In the 71st minute, Jesse Lingard finished a winding run into the box with a short pass to Mata who then played the ball into Rooney’s feet but he was unable to position himself to get a shot off.

In the 75th minute, a CSKA defensive header looped up into the air. Just outside the box Michael Carrick watched it drop and hit a thunderous volley just wide.

A couple of minutes later United had a scare when Doumbia was put through on goal but David de Gea read the play and was out quick to block his shot. Doumbia then chased the loose ball just a couple of yards in front of him and hit another shot while de Gea was still down, but a sprinting Chris Smalling slid in and blocked the shot putting it out for a corner.

Chris Smalling blocks Doumbia's shot following a block from David de Gea
Chris Smalling blocks Doumbia’s shot following a block from David de Gea (Source: The Guardian)

If there was a time for Manchester United to score, it was now. And Wayne Rooney delivered with a headed goal from a Jesse Lingard volleyed cross in the 79th minute.

Two minutes later Lingard had another chance when Wayne Rooney played a defence boggling, reverse-flick through ball into the youngsters path. But Lingard’s lashing volley was saved by Akinfeev.

It was a much needed win for United. Both to boost their chances of progressing from the group stage and also to end the goal drought and avoid another 0-0 stalemate.

The victory puts Manchester United top of the group stage with two games left to play. One of which is at home to PSV Eindhoven.

Champions League Group B table

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Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
Young
Smalling
Blind
Rojo
Carrick
Schweinsteiger (Herrera – 89′)
Mata (Depay – 74′)
Rooney
Lingard
Martial (Fellaini – 66′)

Substitutes

Jones
Depay
Romero
Herrera
Fellaini
Darmian
Pereira

CSKA Moscow Team Sheet

Akinfeev
Figueira Fernandes
Berezutski
Ignashevitch
Schennikov
Dzagoev (Panchenko – 85′)
Wernbloom
Tosic (Golovin – 75′)
Natcho (Doumbia – 55′)
Milanov
Musa

Substitutes

Chepchugov
Vasin
Panchenko
Nababkin
Golovin
Doumbia

CSKA Moscow 1-1 Manchester United | Match Report

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.

Champions League Group B showing Manchester United in 2nd place
Champions League Group B (Source: BBC Football)

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CSKA Moscow Team Sheet

Akinfeev
Figueira Fernandes
Berezutski (Berezutski – 42′)
Ignashevitch
Schennikov
Tosic
Wernbloom
Alekseevich Eremenko (Panchenko – 83′)
Musa
Dzagoev (Cauna – 87′)
Doumbia

Substitutes

Chepchugov
Berezutski
Panchenko
Nababkin
Cauna
Milanov
Golovin

Manchester United Team Sheet

de Gea
A Valencia
Jones
Smalling
Rojo (Blind – 63′)
Schweinsteiger (Fellaini – 45′)
Schneiderlin
Lingard (Depay – 80′)
Rooney
Herrera
Martial

Substitutes

Depay
Mata
Carrick
Blind
Romero
Fellaini
Darmian

Champions League: Manchester United pair return for CSKA trip

Manchester United’s Sergio Romero and Antonio Valencia return to the squad for match day three in the UEFA Champions League group stage.

The pair were rested for Saturday’s trip to Goodison Park following their return from World Cup qualifying duty for Argentina and Ecuador.

Jesse Lingard will also join the 20-man Champions League squad, while Ashley Young and James Wilson miss out.

Read the full article on the Sky Sports website here.

How do you think Manchester United will fare in Russia? Should key players be rested from Champions League duty in preperation for the Derby? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.