Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger congratulates Wayne Rooney on his winner against CSKA Moscow

by Sid Choudhary

Bastian Schweinsteiger was delighted for his captain Wayne Rooney after he scored Manchester United’s only goal in the 1-0 win over CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night.

The striker got onto the end of Jesse Lingard‘s volleyed cross to score in the 79th minute and bag Man United’s first goal in over 400 minutes of football.

The strike brought a huge sense of relief inside Old Trafford and helped the Reds to the top of their group with just two games remaining.

Schweinsteiger started in central midfield alongside Michael Carrick and put in a typically efficient display as he helped his side to keep ticking the ball over. It was obvious from the start of the game that United were looking to get forward quicker and the German played a key part in ensuring the team looked to cause as many problems for CSKA as they could.

There were concerns prior to kick-off about the lack of pace and dynamism in United’s midfield between the 31-year-old and Carrick alongside him. The pair last began a game together away at Arsenal, when United found themselves 3-0 down inside 20 minutes. There was no repeat against the Russian champions as the pair were defensively solid and were able to counter the threat of both Seydou Doumbia and Ahmed Musa on the break for CSKA.

With Morgan Schneiderlin falling ill before the game and Ander Herrera out of favour in the more defensive midfield role, Carrick and Schweinsteiger may find themselves having a continued run in the side. If this is the case, the game against CSKA was a good start and they will hope to build on their showing against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

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