Not the prettiest game of football but knowing that a point would confirm Manchester United’s spot in the round of sixteen and a win would seal the top spot of Group A, Manchester United came back from a controversial deficit at the end of the first half with quick fire goals by Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.
|The biggest controversy of the first half involved the Dutchman|
The game was dominated by the home side and Marcus Rashford almost sent the Red Devil’s ahead in the first five minutes but struck the right hand post with a left footed shot. The chances kept coming and coming but the final pass was either over hit or too weak and CSKA defended it with ease. One spark of the first half was Luke Shaw who, after being told that this match would be his chance to prove himself, really showed his mettle and put in a fantastic shift offensively and defensively all game, demonstrating his power and pace and everything he is potential of for hopefully years to come. Unfortunately at the death of the first half a controversial goal for the Russian side was given as a shot by Vitinho was deflected into Romero’s goal by Dzagoev and with controversy over offside (which it wasn’t), the goal was given and made Jose Mourinho’s half time team talk much more stressful.
Manchester United played with fast pace football but the final pass was poor in the first half and the majority of the second half. A tight game in the end but overall the domination of the Red Devils paid dividends and masterclass assists from Paul Pogba and Juan Mata and superb finishing from Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford won the game and kept momentum running for the biggest game of the season and to hopefully close the gap to five points against their bitterest of rivals and keep the Premier League title chase hot for as long as possible.