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Jose Mourinho Has Message For Potential Champions League Last 16 Opponents

07 Diciembre 2017, 05:24 | Gerardo Tarin

United qualified thanks to their Europa League triumph


Their club-record streak was threatened by CSKA late in the first half after Vitinho's shot from Mario Fernandes' cut-back struck team-mate Alan Dzagoev on its way into the net.

Whatever the reason, Lukaku's confidence in front of goal seemed to desert him and it wasn't helped that he appeared isolated at times because of United manager Jose Mourinho's tactics in some games.

Roma knew they would go through from Group C with a win, which they got, although they could only edge out Qarabag of Azerbaijan 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico with a Diego Perotti effort in the second half. Was it the fact it coincided with a two-month injury absence of midfielder Paul Pogba, Lukaku's close friend and the driving force in United's midfield?

"It's always a good feeling to get on the scoresheet but the most important thing was to get the win and qualify with no injuries ahead of the game at the weekend", he said.

"We had to play him in two consecutive matches in three days [against] Watford and Arsenal and by our point of view he really needs the rest, so he's not even an option. I was pleased with the attitude of the players".

On first look, Dzagoev appears to be massively offside, which confused a fair few people who couldn't understand why the goal had been allowed to stand. He carelessly left CSKA onside in their build-up to the opener, but a strong showing from the center-back.

Luke Shaw will be hoping to have the Manchester United career that another United left-back, Phil Neville, had.

However Lukaku, whose selfless play often brought other team-mates right into the activity, netted the equaliser by resisting protector Viktor Vasin and also converting simply his second goal in his last 13 games.

Mourinho told his post-match news conference on Tuesday night at Old Trafford: "A very positive performance, especially with the balls going forward".

Came on for Herrera in the 67th minute.

Pogba had a relatively slow start to the game, as United found themselves on the back foot in the opening stages.

United quickly set about restoring parity in the second half, Rashford working Akinfeev with a rasping drive from a narrow angle, and in the 64th minute they levelled.

With Lionel Messi rested by Barcelona for the first hour, forward Paco Alcacer took full advantage of the opportunity by scoring a header in the 59th.

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