After 4 consecutive draws in all competitions, Manchester Untied were finally able to get all three points from this Champions League group stage fixture against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday. A lone goal from Wayne Rooney was enough to see off the Russian outfit as United go top of group B. Moscow with this defeat are at the bottom of the group.
Here are the player ratings for the game.
De Gea (3): Was not troubled for much of game but made a crucial stop from Doumbia.
Young (3): Started at right-back for the home team and was solid in defense. Made a blatant dive near end trying to win a penalty
Smalling (3): Put his body in the way to block a goal-bound shot with the score at 0-0. Otherwise was largely untested.
Blind (3): Produced a fine long ball to Martial early on. Solid defensively on his return.
Rojo (2.5): Sent a volleyed effort wide just after half-hour mark which was almost the only real contribution up front in the final third.
Schweinsteiger (3.5): Controlled the whole tempo of the game in his style as he converted defense into attack with ease at times.
Carrick (4): A man of the match performance from the veteran midfielder who was immaculate in his passing and composure in possession.
Lingard (3): An assured performance in the mid-field and also provided the assist for Rooney’s goal.
Mata (2.5): Was not really effective for most parts of the game but linked up well with his teammates in the mid-field.
Martial (3): Restored to striker role but little went his way. Subbed with 25 minutes left.
Rooney (3): Ended his long goal scoring drought as he helped Van Gaal’s side take all three point from this game with his goal.
Akinfeev (3): Could not have done much to prevent the goal but was solid generally.
M Fernandes (2.5): Was made to work hard defensively and could not provide his team the width needed at the other end.
A Berezutski (3): Kept the United attack at bay for most of the game and made an important block in the first half.
Ignashevich (3): Was a sound and disciplined performance at the back as he rarely gave Rooney any space to work with.
Schennikov (2.5): Was solid in defense as he broke up play many times but did not add to the attack at the other end.
Wernbloom (2.5): Not too sharp in mid-field as he failed to hold the ball up when in the attack.
Natcho (2.5): Provided no cover for the back four as he was reduced to a mere spectator with the pace at which the home team were playing.
Tosic (2.5): An uninspiring display as he was rarely able to provided any spark in the final third.
Dzagoev (2): Often lost possession of the ball and was not up to the level at which Manchester United were playing.
Milanov (2.5): Provided some stability defensively but was rarely a threat in attack.
Musa (2.5): Showed his pace at times but often found himself outnumbered in dangerous situations.
A Golovin (2.5)
S Doumbia (3)