Manchester United is back on the scoresheet after three straight scoreless game. Wayne Rooney scored the lone goal as United defeated CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
The win puts United at top of Group B in the Champions League with two games remaining in the group stage. Rooney goal came in the 79th minute after a powerful header inside the penalty area by the captain. Manager Louis van Gaal was relieved with the three points and the goal.
“Of course it is a relief because you have seen an attacking Manchester United team creating lots of chances against an organized team,” van Gaal told manutd.com after the final whistle. “It is always difficult to score goals. We had to wait a long time. We controlled the match for 89 minutes and for one minute we didn’t control it. We could have been defeated again. If they had scored then I would be sitting here very differently. But we deserved, totally, to win so I am relieved but I am also proud. It is not so easy. Also, in the golden years of Manchester United I have read they never won against a Russian team at home. Everybody thinks it is easy but it is not easy. It is not easy for one club to win in the Champions League.”
Van Gaal was asked if he gave a special thanks to the goalscoring Rooney.
“I thank all of my players, not only Wayne Rooney,” van Gaal said. “Wayne Rooney is always the centre of attention and I always have to answer questions about Wayne Rooney. Wayne is Wayne and he shall always contribute in the game. I am very happy because I put him in the striker position again and he scored. It was a fantastic goal; the preparation was fantastic. The tackle of Marcos Rojo, the pass of Michael Carrick, the cut-back of Jesse Lingard and the header of Wayne Rooney. It was fantastic, I am very happy about the performance of my players but also about the result and the fact that we are top of the group.”
United tops Group B on seven points, one point ahead of PSV Eindhoven and Wolfsburg.