United manager Jose Mourinho thinks his side is almost there in the knockout stages after the 1-4 hammering in Russia.
Lukaku scored 10th goal in nine appearances in all competition for United which makes him the first United player to score in his opening two Champions League matches.
There is no stopping! Lukaku strikes early for Manchester United scoring 10 goals in 9 games in all competition since joining United from Everton in the summer. United looking calm passing the ball patiently in front of the CSKA defence, working it out to Blind on the left.
A beautiful opportunity for Jose Mourinho’s side as blind’s cross met Henrikh Mkhitaryan who couldn’t convert it into a goal. Penalty for Manchester United after Schennikov clumsily goes to ground in a desperate attempt to win the ball but only succeeds in getting the Armenian down conceding the penalty, an effortless goal from martial who takes the penalty
United went 3 up in less than 30’ mins lukaku scoring his second past Akinfeev, Lukaku very close to hattrick but his efforts was brilliantly saved by the Moscow keeper. Best chance for CSKA but DDG disallows yet another good attempt.CSKA show signs of frustration against the dominant United side.
Breathtaking first 45 mins for Manchester United, having 3 goal lead in the first half itself. CSK now have a mountain to climb to get back in the game.
CSK makes an early effort on goal in the second half but Ashley was caught out wide. So close to hattrick Lukaku couldn’t get through the CSK Moscow goalkeeper who saves his effort quickly. United keeping the pressure on by creating chance after chance to grab their fourth goal of the game. Pontus earns a yellow card for the ugly foul on Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
It was Henrikh Mkhitaryan who had the opportunity to extend United’s lead on his 50th appearance, it could have been martial but the attempt got deflected which gave Henrikh Mkhitaryan a chance to have his name on the score sheet.
Jesse who came on for Henrikh gets one on one with the Moscow goal keeper who handles it well. The 19 year old Kuchev who came on as substitute finds the net for CSK Moscow as consolation which means no clean sheet for United. CSK have another threatening attack and keep pressing in till the FT whistle was blown.
“The important thing is two matches, six points and a good position in the Champions League,” said Mourinho
“I think we surprised them with our attitude and we were really strong, and we killed the game. They did not look as good as they are but I think that was because of us.”
“I have to admit he is scoring really important goals almost every game,” said Mourinho.
“We know that he is a very good player, he can score lots of goals, and playing in a team surrounded by quality players it is even easier to do that.”