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Champions League: Wayne Rooney keeps Man United on the right side of history with winning strike against CSKA Moscow

Manchester United 1-0 CSKA Moscow

By Kevin Garside

Published 04/11/2015

Wayne Rooney celebrates his winner against CSKA Moscow
Wayne Rooney celebrates his winner against CSKA Moscow
Running through: Man United ace Wayne Rooney skips away from CSKA’s Sergey Ignashevitch

Wayne Rooney, the emblem of this Manchester United side, had been carrying the can for their failure to score. And as anxiety took a deeper hold of the night, it was Rooney who fumbled the game's best chance.

Yet when it mattered, the man around whom Louis van Gaal has shaped this faltering team left his imprint, equalling Denis Law's record of 237 United goals to boot. Only 12 to go to draw alongside top man Sir Bobby Charlton.

Has a goal ever been so warmly received? And this after David de Gea had conjured a magical intervention to deny CSKA on the break.

And so United's first goal in 404 minutes takes them to the top of Group B. Helpfully in Holland, PSV blew the group wide open with victory over Wolfsburg. Maybe the wind is changing direction.

The opening minutes were awash with urgency and intent. Rooney spun on a cross from Marcos Rojo, shooting narrowly wide.

Two minutes later, a dodgy backpass saw Rooney sniffing out a chance but again no luck. Jesse Lingard went down heavily in the box yielding optimistic penalty claims.

The best chance of the half fell to Rojo. Beautifully picked out by Ashley Young, the Argentine had a rare, unfettered sight of goal and let fly convincingly with a left-foot volley yet still no cigar.

It was better from United but not enough to relieve the joyless state that United have become under Van Gaal. Players complaining of a flat dressing room, fans reeling at their team's soporific adhesion to a ball going nowhere, and former players rolling despondent eyes in studios.

United came into this game without a celebration in five hours and 25 minutes.

Van Gaal's solution to his attacking inertia was to start with Michael Carrick and Bastian Schweinsteiger, both excellent footballers but not a sprint in either. Young, a winger, started at full-back. He did at least have Anthony Martial up top with Rooney.

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)

Van Gaal asks for patience and advises that this colourless, odourless phase is a necessary part of the process. The defence is sorted, it follows therefore in the logic of Van Gaal that the attack will be next. It is a strange process that only he, it seems, believes in or understands.

It is worth reminding ourselves that football is just a game, entertainment, escapism. This message was powerfully reinforced with a message of condolence in English and Russian for the victims of the downed airliner travelling from Egypt to St Petersburg, the Russian city twinned with Manchester. Ironic cheers greeted Rooney when he passed the ball into the empty net 10 minutes after the restart.

Martial played him in but was already offside. The longer the wait went on, the greater the risk of neurosis taking hold. The idea that a goal would never come no matter what United tried came easily to mind.

The removal of Martial for Marouane Fellaini with 25 minutes to go was met with widespread boos. The quickest player in red removed for the slowest. To be fair to Fellaini, he featured in the most fluent performances under Van Gaal last season.

At that point the benefit of the doubt was a luxury afforded to Van Gaal. There is little of that now. This is the Dutchman's project.

Rooney's goal came in the 79th minute when Lingard volleyed Carrick's long pass across the box for the captain to head home.

The fans were steadfastly behind the team last night, but it is hard to see how much longer they might put up with Van Gaal's staid template.

Mind you, Van Gaal was not to blame when Rooney fell over his own feet when easier to score after great work from Juan Mata. For too long, it was the story of the night.

MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Young, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Carrick, Schweinsteiger (Herrera 89), Mata (Depay 74), Rooney, Lingard, Martial (Fellaini 66).

Unused subs: Jones, Romero, Darmian, Pereira.

Goal: Rooney 79.

CSKA MOSCOW: Akinfeev, Figueira Fernandes, Berezutski, Ignashevitch, Schennikov, Dzagoev (Panchenko 85), Wernbloom, Tosic (Golovin 75), Natcho (Doumbia 55), Milanov, Musa.

Unused subs: Chepchugov, Vasin, Nababkin.

Man of the match: Lingard

Match rating: 5/10

Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

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