Manchester United sealed top spot in Group A and sent CSKA Moscow into the Europa League.
United progress into the last 16 of the Champions League as victors of Group An after a 2-1 prevail upon CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.
Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford secured the win for Jose Mourinho’s side on Tuesday after Alan Dzagoev had put the Russian side ahead.
A 1-0 overcome at Basel on matchday five implied United were not sure of a place in the knockouts heading into the experience, in spite of the fact that it would have taken a sizeable win for CSKA and a triumph for Basel in Benfica to see them pass up a great opportunity for the main two.
Mourinho rolled out six changes to the side that beat Arsenal on Saturday, with Luke Shaw gave his initially begin of the season as the United boss watched out for the approaching Manchester derby, and it looked just as the debilitated group could set out toward just a fourth loss of the season when Dzagoev serendipitously gave the guests the lead.
In any case, Lukaku and Rashford benefited as much as possible from two glorious goes from Paul Pogba and Juan Mata in the space of two second-half minutes to finish the rebound and seal top spot in the gathering, with CSKA compelled to make due with an Europa League put.
United’s concentration now swings to the highest point of-the-table clash with neighbors Manchester City on Sunday, before they realize which group they will look in the last 16 at Monday’s draw in Nyon.
United nearly had the lead in only the fourth minute, as a lightning counter-attack involving Mata and Lukaku ended with Rashford rattling the base of the right-hand post from close range.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Manchester United (5-3-2): Romero 6.5; Valencia 6.5 (Tuanzebe 72, 6), Lindelof 6.5, Smalling 6.5, Blind 6, Shaw 7; Herrera 6 (McTominay 67, 6), Pogba 8, Mata 6; Rashford 7, Lukaku 7.5 (Martial 74, 6)
Subs not used: Pereira, Lingard, Young, Darmian
Goals: Lukaku 64, Rashford 66
Booking: McTominay 73
Manager: Jose Mourinho 7
CSKA Moscow (3-4-3): Akinfeev 6; V Berezutski 6.5, Ignashevich 6, Vasin 6; Fernandes 7, Golovin 6.5, Kuchaev 6, Nababkin 6 (Khosonov 90); Vitinho 6.5 (Zhamaletdinov 82), Chalov 6.5 (Gordyushenko 65, 6), Dzagoev 6.5
Subs not used: Pomazun, Makarov, Olanere
Goal: Vitinho 45
Booking: Berezutski 57
Manager: Viktor Goncharenko 6
Ref: Gianluca Rocchi 7
It needed Igor Akinfeev to deny Rashford from his second attempt of the match, the goalkeeper getting down swiftly to his left to claw away the forward’s effort after Mata had set him up quite superbly.
Shaw had looked bright in the early exchanges and it was soon his turn to test Akinfeev, his rasping volley from Antonio Valencia’s cross stinging the keeper’s hands before he just managed to stop Lukaku netting the rebound.
United’s standards slipped in the latter stages of the half and they paid the price in injury time, albeit in controversial fashion. Mario Fernandes burst clear down United’s left, his low cross was fired towards goal by Vitinho, and the ball hit the back of Dzagoev and went into the net, with the officials unmoved by the home side’s appeals, presumably given that Daley Blind had slid inadvertently out of play and was therefore considered to be on the goal line.
The hosts injected a bit more pace into their play as they chased an equaliser, with Rashford again testing Akinfeev after a strong run before whipping a free-kick over the bar via a deflection.
United had CSKA pegged back in their half and the pressure finally told in the 64th minute, as Pogba’s delightful delivery from 30 yards out was prodded past Akinfeev by the stretching Lukaku.
Sixty-six seconds later, the turnaround was complete. Mata’s exquisite touch and lobbed pass was drilled into the bottom-right corner by Rashford, who had been allowed time to watch the ball bounce into the penalty area.