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Champions League Man United 1-0 CSKA Moscow: Wayne's winner gets boss Louis Van Gaal off the hook

By Robert Jones

Published 04/11/2015

Relief: Louis van Gaal was glad to see Man United score
Relief: Louis van Gaal was glad to see Man United score

Louis van Gaal felt vindicated by Wayne Rooney's winner against CSKA Moscow after his decision to take off Anthony Martial was booed by home fans.

The Manchester United manager responded to three successive 0-0 draws by starting with Martial as his central striker and playing the England captain in a withdrawn role in the Champions League Group B clash.

With the game scoreless he hauled the Frenchman off and pushed Rooney up front, a decision that was loudly derided by what seemed a hefty majority inside the stadium.

Rooney, though, paid his boss back by heading home the only goal of the match in the 79th minute.

Van Gaal was well aware his decision was not welcomed, but was content with the outcome.

Asked if he had heard the crowd's reaction, the Dutchman said: "Of course, I am not deaf.

"That is the opinion of the fans. Afterwards they shall not be disappointed by the decision of the manager.

"I'm very happy because I put him again in the striker's position and he scored."

Rooney's header saw him move level with the great Denis Law on 237 United goals, behind only Sir Bobby Charlton, but he conceded getting there against CSKA was no easy task.

''Denis Law is a legend at this club, so I'm delighted to equal his record," he said.

CSKA Moscow's Georgi Schennikov (right) attempts to block the cross from Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
CSKA Moscow's Georgi Schennikov (right) attempts to block the cross from Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney goes down in the penalty area under the challenge of CSKA Moscow's Sergei Ignashevich (right) during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (left) is substituted for teammate Marouane Fellaini during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Juan Mata (left) battles for the ball with CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard is crowded out by CSKA Moscow players during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard (centre) battles for the ball with CSKA Moscow's Mario Fernandes (right) and Zoran Tosic (on floor) during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (right) and CSKA Moscow's Alexsei Berezutski battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (right) and CSKA Moscow's Georgi Schennikov battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (right) and CSKA Moscow's Georgi Schennikov battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Marcos Rojo (centre) dejected during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (right) and CSKA Moscow's Sergey Ignashevich battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Anthony Martial (right) and CSKA Moscow's Sergey Ignashevich battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Jesse Lingard (centre) battles for the ball with CSKA Moscow's Alan Dzagoev (left) and Mario Fernandes during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) and CSKA Moscow's Zoran Tosic battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger (left) and CSKA Moscow's Zoran Tosic battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's Memphis Depay on the substitutes bench before the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal waves to the fans before the UEFA Champions League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 3, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling (R) holds off CSKA Moscow's forward from Nigeria Ahmed Musa during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (C) holds off CSKA Moscow's defender from Brazil Mario Fernandes during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
CSKA Moscow's goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev (R) punches the ball away during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo (C) heads the ball towards goal during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo (C) reacts after missing a goal scoring opportunity during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial (L) heads toward goal by CSKA Moscow's defender Sergey Ignashevich during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial (L) vies with CSKA Moscow's defender Georgy Schennikov during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial (L) vies with CSKA Moscow's defender Georgy Schennikov during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Polish referee Szymon Marciniak watches the action during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial (R) vies with CSKA Moscow's defender from Brazil Mario Fernandes (L) and CSKA Moscow's midfielder from Serbia Zoran Tosic during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney looks on during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English striker Wayne Rooney looks on during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
CSKA Moscow's defender from Brazil Mario Fernandes (L) vies with Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Michael Carrick (C) runs with the ball during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
CSKA Moscow's defender from Brazil Mario Fernandes (R) vies with Manchester United's Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger runs with the ball during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (C) jumps a tackle by CSKA Moscow's midfielder from Serbia Zoran Tosic (R) during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal waves during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Dutch manager Louis van Gaal looks on during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard controls the ball during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial controls the ball during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (R) jumps a tackle by CSKA Moscow's midfielder Alan Dzagoev during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (R) jumps a tackle by CSKA Moscow's midfielder Alan Dzagoev during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo (L) jumps for a header with CSKA Moscow's midfielder from Serbia Zoran Tosic during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's Argentinian defender Marcos Rojo (L) jumps for a header with CSKA Moscow's midfielder from Serbia Zoran Tosic during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard runs with the bal during a UEFA Chamions league group stage football match between CSKA Moscow and Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on November 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLISPAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks thoughtful during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Anthony Martial of Manchester United is chased by Georgi Schennikov of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Anthony Martial of Manchester United is chased by Georgi Schennikov of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Anthony Martial of Manchester United takes on Sergey Ignashevich (4) and Pontus Wernbloom of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is tackled by Georgi Schennikov of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is tackled by Georgi Schennikov of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United is tackled by Georgi Schennikov of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Anthony Martial of Manchester United takes on Pontus Wernbloom (3) and Aleksey Berezutskiy of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Anthony Martial of Manchester United takes on Pontus Wernbloom (3) and Aleksey Berezutskiy of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Anthony Martial of Manchester United takes on Georgi Schennikov (42) and Aleksey Berezutskiy of CSKA Moscow (6) during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Georgi Milanov of CSKA Moscow holds off Ashley Young of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Georgi Milanov of CSKA Moscow holds off Ashley Young of Manchester United during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Leonid Slutsky manager of CSKA Moscow looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Anthony Martial of Manchester United battles with Sergey Ignashevich (4) and Alan Dzagoev of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Anthony Martial of Manchester United battles with Sergey Ignashevich (4) and Alan Dzagoev of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Anthony Martial of Manchester United battles with Sergey Ignashevich (4) and Alan Dzagoev of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Anthony Martial of Manchester United battles with Sergey Ignashevich (4) and Alan Dzagoev of CSKA Moscow during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Louis van Gaal manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: The Manchester United team pose for a group photo prior to the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03: Louis van Gaal manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between Manchester United FC and PFC CSKA Moskva at Old Trafford on November 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

''We tried to get an early goal and once that doesn't happen it becomes difficult, but we got the points, that is all that matters.''

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