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Man UtdManchester United1CSKA MoscowCSKA Moscow0

Manchester United 1-0 CSKA Moscow

By Mike HensonBBC Sport
Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney has scored only two Premier League goals so far this season

Wayne Rooney's late header secured Manchester United victory over CSKA Moscow and top spot in Champions League Group B at a nervy Old Trafford.

Only an excellent David de Gea save and Chris Smalling's last-ditch block had prevented Seydou Doumbia putting the visitors ahead a minute earlier.

Rooney's winner was his 237th United goal and moved him joint-second with Denis Law in the club's all-time goalscorers' list.

It was their first goal in 404 minutes.

Manchester United: Louis van Gaal acknowledges fans' boos

Louis van Gaal's side are a point clear at the top of the group with two matches left after Wolfsburg, who had led the standings before kick-off, were beaten 2-0 at PSV Eindhoven.

While United's manager will feel his tactical decisions were vindicated by his side's early promise, with Rooney and Anthony Martial in tandem up front and renewed energy after the second-half introduction of Marouane Fellaini, the crowd booed and called for more attacking intent at several points.

Plan A fails

After their three successive goalless draws, Paul Scholes and Andrei Kanchelskisexternal-link - two of the most thrilling attackers Old Trafford have seen in recent times - had criticised the lack of creativity in Van Gaal's side.

The manager had reacted in prickly fashion, but his decision to liberate Martial from the left wing and play him up alongside Rooney as a second striker spoke volumes.

Rooney enjoyed the company, dropping deep to set up a chance for Jesse Lingard with a neat reverse ball.

Full-back Marcos Rojo meanwhile provided the hosts' width, sending over a barrage of crosses from the left as his team-mates channelled play down his flank.

But United's early momentum slowed and the half ended with the crowd urging their side to attack more, as optimism turned to tension.

Manchester United
United's emphasis on the left-hand side is shown in this graphic of the first-half action

Fans rebel against Van Gaal change

In the 66th minute, Van Gaal changed to a tactic he has insisted will never be "normal" as Fellaini came on to bolster the attackexternal-link in place of Martial.

The decision drew jeers from the Old Trafford crowd, chants of Martial's name and more pleas for attacking football.

They were not alone in questioning Van Gaal's judgement - BBC Radio 5 live analyst Pat Nevin described the removal of Martial as "a shocker".

However, Fellaini's presence seemed to revive flagging United belief and unsettle CSKA's defenders.

When Lingard volleyed Michael Carrick's long pass back into the box it was the familiar head of Rooney - rather than the distinctive one of Fellaini - that met it to prevent his side going four games without scoring for the first time since 1992.

Louis van Gaal
Van Gaal's judgement was questioned by some United fans at Old Trafford

CSKA threaten repeat Manchester raid

Almost a year ago to the day, CSKA had plunged Manchester City's Champions League campaign into peril with a 2-1 win across the city at the Etihad.

With star striker Doumbia - who scored both of the goals in that win - left on the bench the Russian side initially looked unlikely to repeat such a heist.

But the Ivorian's arrival after 55 minutes added an attacking edge and brought the visitors out of their shell. A game which had been comfortable for United up until that point suddenly started to change.

Doumbia should have added to a superb Champions League scoring record of 13 goals in 18 games, but De Gea and Smalling combined brilliantly to deny him and, just a minute later, Rooney struck the winner.

Man of the match: Jesse Lingard

Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard was busy down the left, got into the box to take four shots and provided a superb assist for Rooney's winner

What's next?

Manchester United, fourth in the Premier League table, play West Brom at home on Saturday in their final match before an international break.


Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 18Young
  • 12Smalling
  • 17Blind
  • 5Rojo
  • 16Carrick
  • 31SchweinsteigerSubstituted forHerreraat 89'minutes
  • 8MataSubstituted forDepayat 74'minutes
  • 10Rooney
  • 35Lingard
  • 9MartialSubstituted forFellainiat 66'minutes


  • 4Jones
  • 7Depay
  • 20Romero
  • 21Herrera
  • 27Fellaini
  • 36Darmian
  • 44Pereira

CSKA Moscow

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 35Akinfeev
  • 2Figueira Fernandes
  • 6Berezutski
  • 4Ignashevitch
  • 42SchennikovBooked at 20mins
  • 10DzagoevSubstituted forPanchenkoat 85'minutes
  • 3WernbloomBooked at 60mins
  • 7TosicSubstituted forGolovinat 75'minutes
  • 66NatchoSubstituted forDoumbiaat 55'minutes
  • 23Milanov
  • 18Musa


  • 1Chepchugov
  • 5Vasin
  • 8Panchenko
  • 14Nababkin
  • 60Golovin
  • 88Doumbia
Szymon Marciniak

Match Stats

Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamCSKA Moscow
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Manchester United 1, CSKA Moscow 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, CSKA Moscow 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Memphis Depay (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  4. Post update

    Memphis Depay (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sergei Ignashevitch (CSKA Moscow).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alexei Berezutski (CSKA Moscow) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergei Ignashevitch with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Corner, CSKA Moscow. Conceded by Marcos Rojo.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

  9. Post update

    Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Ashley Young (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Aleksandr Golovin (CSKA Moscow).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester United. Ander Herrera replaces Bastian Schweinsteiger.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ahmed Musa.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, CSKA Moscow. Kirill Panchenko replaces Alan Dzagoev.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Manchester United. Marcos Rojo tries a through ball, but Wayne Rooney is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Manchester United. David de Gea tries a through ball, but Marouane Fellaini is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

  18. Post update

    Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Igor Akinfeev.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jesse Lingard (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 3rd November 2015

As It Stood


1Real Madrid431070710
3Shakhtar Donetsk410348-43
4Malmö FF410318-73


1Man Utd42115417
2PSV Eindhoven42026606
4CSKA Moscow411245-14


2Atl Madrid42117257
4FC Astana402228-62


1Man City43018539
4B Mgladbach402226-42


2B Leverkusen31119724
3BATE Borisov310248-43


1Bayern Munich32018266
3Dinamo Zagreb310227-53


1FC Porto32106337
2Dynamo Kyiv31204225
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv300308-80


1Zenit St Petersburg33008449
3KAA Gent301235-21
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