Four hundred minutes without a goal. That was Manchester United’s report card as they clashed with CSKA Moscow in the Champions League group B encounter at home. Wayne Rooney, the man mostly criticized behind the goal drought, rose to the occasion to bring back United on track.
The English skipper was even criticized by United coach Louis Van Gaal for not delivering at the right moment. Rooney not only shouldered the burden of scoring on Tuesday, but also took his team to the top of Group B after clinching a 1-0 win over the Russian outfit.
United last scored against the same opponents a month ago in the Russian capital during their 1-1 draw in the first leg encounter. Since then the Old Trafford outfit failed to score in three games they featured in the Premiership.
Rooney broke the deadlock in the 79th minute heading in a Jesse Lingard’s cross after squandering a chance to score in the first half. United are one point ahead of PSV Eindhoven, who defeated Wolfsburg 2-0.
United boss Van Gaal insisted earlier that his side is on the right direction in both leagues. The Dutchman backed Rooney ahead of Tuesdays encounter. After winning, Van Gaal welcomed the goal and confirmed his earlier stance.
Van Gaal happy to keep backing Rooney. 'Wayne is Wayne and he shall always contribute in a game' #mufc
— Simon Bajkowski (@spbajko) November 3, 2015