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Champions League: Manchester United look to take their frustration out on CSKA Moscow

By Staff Reporter

The last time Manchester United recorded three successive goalless draws, in January 2005, the famine was ended by a certain Wayne Rooney.

How Louis van Gaal, Rooney himself and the whole club could do with a similar outcome when CSKA Moscow visit Old Trafford tomorrow.

The previous Champions League tie, a fortnight ago in Russia, brought the team's most recent goal, since when their supporters have endured scoreless draws against neighbours City, Middlesbrough - over two hours and eventual defeat after penalties in the Capital One Cup - and now Crystal Palace.

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Frustration seems to be weighing heavily on Rooney as he drops ever deeper in search of the ball. Briefly, Rooney swapped positions with Anthony Martial, who started out on the left, and that may prove a profitable option for longer spells. The French teenager was one of the brighter sparks, although Match of the Day's editing flattered United by showing every attack they had.

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