Manchester United win Champions League group in style

Atletico Madrid´s new signing Diego Costa looks relieved after his side score the first goal of the game

Atletico Madrid´s new signing Diego Costa looks relieved after his side score the first goal of the game

Having already lost Paul Pogba to suspension following his needless red card in the 3-1 win over Arsenal at the weekend, Jose Mourinho's main concern ahead of Sunday's derby against Manchester City would have been to avoid losing any more key players in Tuesday's Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow. A marked difference in mentality from Pep to Pogba heading into the biggest game of the season.

Former Manchester United great Denis Law scored the 82nd-minute decider with an instinctive backheel but he remained motionless in front of the Old Trafford faithful, thinking he had condemned United to relegation from the top flight. The swagger and swashbuckling bravado he brings to the pitch has always been his biggest strength and somewhere, beyond his injudicious words, there is just a harmless guy who wants the best for his team.

City took control of the league title race with two games remaining, courtesy of a thumping Vincent Kompany header in a hotly-contested derby at the Etihad Stadium.

"All three played a certain way and got joy with certain things - counter-attack has been a problem for City this week, set-pieces and corners have been a problem this week, deep and compact defences have also been a problem this week in terms of breaking them down". All it takes is one overstretched interception, wrong turn or misjudged tackle for everything to change.

"[Nemanja] Matic is injured and when I say he is injured, he is injured".

You imagine though that City would be content with a point at the final whistle, since they would preserve a huge lead over Manchester United.

And Scholes, who has fewer Ballon d'Or votes than Jamie Carragher, thinks that Rooney had a similar tendency to overindulge on occasion and he has drawn comparisons between the pair.

There was a video during the last international break of Pogba visiting France's facilities. Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulled one back for United.

David Silva missed the defeat at Shakhtar but is expected to return to his midfield role at Old Trafford. Antoine Griezmann was the last to see him and they hugged and joked about missing each other.

That brought the winner in the home game against Tottenham, when United sat deep and were largely content to frustrate, and, while it's unlikely City would succumb to quite such a simple goal as Spurs did, Martial and Lingard running from deep would be a huge test of Fernandinho's defensive capacities specifically and City's defensive organisation in general. He could very well become the face of the sport for the younger generation.

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