Jose Mourinho was full of praise for his Manchester United players after they came from behind to beat CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.
United topped Champions League Group A as Mourinho’s men took their unbeaten home run to a club record-equalling 40th match after a 2-1 win.
It always appeared a case of when rather than if United would progress to the last-16 for the first time since 2013-14, despite their winning start to Group A ending with the last-gasp defeat at Basel.
Not even Alan Dzagoev’s controversial opener had the Old Trafford faithful concerned as only a record seven-goal defeat would deny United, who turned things around through quick-fire Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford goals to triumph 2-1.
Victory puts United among the group winners for the last-16 draw and saw them equal the club record of 40 successive home games without defeat ahead of Sunday’s visit of runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.
“We confirmed our progression but in the way we wanted to,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“We played well and got the result. At half-time we were playing well and I was not unhappy. The boys played professionally.
“If I could choose goalscorers, I would always choose the strikers. Their confidence depends on that sometimes. Romelu Lukaku’s work for the team every match is crazy. The goal was important for Marcus Rashford too.
“Luke Shaw offensively was very good and made a great contribution for the team. Sergio Romero is only on the bench this season because we have David de Gea.
“The first impression for the first goal was offside but then we saw it was not. The team showed the desire in the second half not by losing and going through, but to win.
“Shaw had waited for a long time, it is not easy to give an opportunity to a player in matches when we need results. I wanted to make changes, but Luke managed 90 minutes and I told him it is a opportunity to increase his levels.”
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