By Kiran Thakare
- United came from behind to grab a point in Russia
- Martial was the first-half villain, but redeemed himself with his 2nd half goal
Manchester United were able to grab a point from their Champions League tie against CSKA Moscow after going behind in the first-half.
The Red Devils started the half quietly as they kept the possession but hardly created anything. The Old Trafford side went a goal down as the Russian’s won a penalty courtesy of a handball from Anthony Martial in the box. Seydou Doumbia scored the goal on the rebound as David De Gea had saved the penalty.
United started well in the second half after a flat first half.The first change of Maraoune Fellaini for Bastian Schweinsteiger did the trick as the Belgian was able to hold the ball and brought his teammates into the play.
They were back into the game when Martial scored a well placed header midway through the second-half. United created more opportunities in second-half but were not able to score more than a goal and would be happy with a crucial away point.
Let us have a look on how the players fared on a Champions League night.
David De Gea (8/10)
The Spaniard was in a top form but unlucky to concede after a tremendous save from the penalty. He was busy in the first half as he also saved one crucial attempt from Musa to keep United in the game. His distribution was good and hardly had anything to do in second half.
Antonio Valencia (8/10)
Valencia contributed well for United in both defensive and attacking aspect. His positioning was perfect when the Russians were initiating a counter attack. The Ecuadorian grabbed a good assist for United’s equaliser.
Chris Smalling (7/10)
The centreback was again rock solid in the heart of the defence. He kept Doumbia and Muse quiet by winning the duels against.Apart from odd wayward pass his distribution was decent. Another composed performance by Smalling.
Phil Jones (6/10)
Jones had a torrid time in first half as he was inactive when Doumbia reacted swiftly for the rebound. He lost the ball couple of times in dangerous positions. He went on to do well as the game went on and his passing was also quite effective.
Marcos Rojo (6/10)
The return to Moscow was not pretty for Rojo. The Argentine was toyed on the left flank and often lost his man. He provided zero width while going forward which isolated Martial with two men, making it difficult for the teenager to create something.
Morgan Schneiderlin (9/10)
The man of the match. A complete performance by the former Saints midfielder. He kept on the play ticking in the midfield. His passing range was impressive and played some neat passes in final third while going forward. He dictated the tempo of the game in second half.
Bastian Schweinsteiger (7/10)
The German captain did his job in a pretty decent way. He distributed the ball well and pressed well while going forward. He was taken off in second half probably to save him for the weekend derby fixture.
Ander Herrera (6/10)
A quiet performance after the heroics against Everton. Herrera hardly created a chance in the first half and lost the ball often which lead to the counter attacks for the host. He played a nice pass for Valencia which lead to the goal.
Jesse Lingard (7/10)
A very good Champions League debut for Lingard. He was one of the best players in the first half. He always tried to play the killer pass in the final third and did his defensive duties well while tracking back. He was more direct outlet for creativity in the first half.
Wayne Rooney (6/10)
Another disappointing night for the captain. He was making good runs but the midfielders were not able to find him.His linkup play with the midfielders were poor. He took some decent attempts in second half only for it to be saved by the goalkeeper.
Anthony Martial (8/10)
A very mixed night for the youngster. He had a torrid time in the first half as he was not able to get better of the defenders and lost the ball in promising situations. Moreover he gave away a penalty with a silly handball in the box but recovered well in the second half and scored an emphatic header.
Marouane Fellaini (7/10)
The game changing substitute,the tall Belgian holded the bal well which helped in movement of other midfielders. He came close to scoring which could have been the winner for the Red Devils.An impactful performance by Fellaini.
Daley Blind (7/10)
Blind was brought midway through the second half. He did a decent job while going forward and did the pressing more effectively than Rojo.
Memphis Depay (N/A)
The winger came late on as United were seeing of the game. He almost created a late winner for United with a cross to the far post for Martial.