Manchester United 2-1 CSKA Moscow: Marcus Rashford stars as United secure top spot
Last Updated: 06/12/17 7:42am
Manchester United secured top spot in Group A of the Champions League after coming from behind to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
Vitinho had put CSKA ahead (45) in bizarre fashion despite the ball appearing to come off Alan Dzagoev, who looked two yards offside.
But United - sparked by impressive performances from Marcus Rashford and the returning Luke Shaw - turned the game around in a 66-second period with goals from Romelu Lukaku (65) and Rashford (66).
The hosts' 15-point haul was enough to top the group with Basel - who won against Benfica - finishing runners-up ahead of CSKA.
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The result stretches United's unbeaten run at Old Trafford to 40 matches - something Manchester City will be looking to snap when they visit on Super Sunday.
Jose Mourinho handed Shaw his first start of the season and the full-back repaid that faith with an electric showing, especially in the first half.
Manchester United: Romero (7), Shaw (8), Lindelof (7), Smalling (7), Valencia (7), Herrera (6), Blind (6), Mata (7), Pogba (7), Rashford (9), Lukaku (7)
Subs: McTominay (6), Tuanzebe (6), Martial (6)
CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev (7), Mario Fernandes (7), Ignashevich (6), Vasin (6), Berezutski (6), Nababkin (6), Kuchaev (6), Golovin (6), Dzagoev (6), Chalov (6), Vitinho (6)
Subs: Gordyushenko (6), Nababkin (6), Zhamaletdinov (6)
Man of the Match: Marcus Rashford
He tested Igor Akinfeev with a volley and almost laid a cross on a plate for Rashford, who had hit the post in the opening 10 minutes following a wonderful pass from Lukaku.
CSKA needed a win to stand any chance of leapfrogging Basel and always looked to throw men forward where possible - they got their reward just before the break.
Six changes were made by Jose Mourinho. David de Gea and Nemanja Matic were given the night off, with the likes of Sergio Romero, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Ander Herrera given their chance to shine.
Mario Fernandes burst down the right to send in a cross for Vitinho to strike home off Dzagoev's back. United players were angered that offside was not called against Dzagoev, but officials appeared to point to off-the-field Daley Blind playing him onside.
The goal did not fluster United, who equalised through Lukaku. Paul Pogba chipped a superb ball over the top for the striker, who held off Viktor Vasin and directed it past Akinfeev.
It took just 66 seconds for United to complete the comeback when Rashford raced onto a pass over the top before slotting home for his first goal in nine games, United making sure of top spot ahead of Monday's Champions League last-16 draw.
Man of the match - Marcus Rashford
This was a performance that will give Jose Mourinho a headache ahead of Sunday - can you leave him out after such an electrifying showing? He beat people at will, linked up with Lukaku brilliantly and topped it off with a cool finish.
- Manchester United are now unbeaten in their last 40 home games in all competitions, their joint-longest run on home soil.
- Rashford has been directly involved in 14 goals in all competitions for Man Utd this season (8 goals, 6 assists) - just one fewer than he was in 53 games in 2016-17 (11 goals, 4 assists).
- The Red Devils have conceded more home goals in their four EFL Cup and Champions League games combined (2) than they have in their seven Premier League games at Old Trafford (1).
- The Russian side have conceded in each of their last 17 Champions League away games, shipping 40 goals in total since a 0-0 draw in Trabzonspor in November 2011.
United are back in action on Super Sunday when rivals Manchester City visit in a monstrous Premier League clash.