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Man Utd 2-1 CSKA Moscow: Five things we learned

Manchester United sealed their place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 2-1 win over CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.

Here are five things learned from the game under the lights at Old Trafford:

Three at the back is here to stay

Despite qualification only being a formality Jose Mourinho still opted to use two of his three currently fit centre halves in a back three.

It would appear that a back three is now the go to system for Manchester United in all competitions, and in all games.

The system suits the players in the squad perfectly and has given the Reds greater fluidity in attack in recent weeks, finally the Old Trafford side have found their system, its been a long time coming.

 

 

Luke Shaw makes a point

Having been left out of the fold for well over 18 months, appearances have been hard to come by for Luke Shaw.

The left back earning the start against CSKA for his application in training, showed the same application in his performance in the game, getting a full 90 minutes under his belt.

The England international put in an impressive performance and reminded everyone of his capabilities, and that he could still have a role to play at Old Trafford.

 

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Romelu Lukaku ends his drought

Having not enjoyed the best of form lately Manchester United’s number nine will be relieved that he found the net against the team from Moscow.

The striker showed incredible strength and skill to take his goal and level the game for the home side, it could be a goal that sparks Lukaku back into his early season form in time for Sundays Manchester derby.

 

 

Paul Pogba will be a big miss for Manchester United

Once again, this was another dominating performance from the French midfielder, that only hammers home the point that Paul Pogba will be a colossal miss in the upcoming Manchester derby.

The range of passing of the number six was there for all to see against CSKA as well as the incredible technical ability that towers above that of any other United player.

How can Mourinho’s men manage against their city rivals without their star man on Sunday?

 

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Another solid performance from Victor Lindelof

In the early stages of his Manchester United career there were many question marks over the Summer acquisition from Benfica.

In recent weeks, the man from Sweden has looked settled in the new back three formation, contributing to the recent success of his team with the use of the new formation.

Recent performances have justified Mourinho’s faith in his Summer signing, and the Swede has shown that he can be a long term success at Old Trafford.

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