Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal thoroughly enjoyed his side’s goal against CSKA Moscow during their 1-0 win.
Wayne Rooney added the finishing touches to a flowing move in the 79th minute for Man United to break their scoring drought. Going into the Champions League game, the Reds had failed to score in their last three games and pressure was on to find the back of the net. It was a fine goal that meant there was relief all around Old Trafford and it allowed United to more to the top of their group.
Speaking about the goal, van Gaal said: “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.”
It was exactly the sort of goal United fans would have wanted to see. In the past few weeks, supporters have had to endure the team focusing on possession and looking almost reluctant to get forward. The ball was being played sideways and there didn’t seem to be any drive but Michael Carrick provided exactly that with a delightful pass. His long, diagonal ball that found Lingard was an indication that United were looking to get forward as quickly as possible.
Lingard’s cross to Rooney was a brilliantly cushioned ball that fell straight onto the striker’s head and he could barely miss in front of the Stretford End. United will want to use this as a foundation and rebuild in order to get their season back on track.
With West Bromwich Albion due to visit Old Trafford on Saturday, it could be the ideal opportunity for United to get some of their goalscoring rhythm back. Two goals in their last five games is certainly not good enough and the reds will want to put that right in the Premier League and keep the pressure on Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.