Manchester United were 2-1 winners over CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford in our final Champions League group stage game on Tuesday night.
The result means we are comfortable group winners in Europe’s elite club cup competition and will face one of the runners-up from another group in Monday’s draw.
Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored twice in the space of three minutes midway through the second half as we came from a 0-1 deficit at half-time to win.
The match saw Luke Shaw make his first start since April and the England international not only played the full 90 minutes, but impressed many too.
This included manager Jose Mourinho, who was full of praise for the 22-year-old when speaking to BT Sport after the game:
“A very positive performance, especially with the balls going forward. Creating a lot, great intensity in his game. It was no surprise that in 80 minutes he’s feeling the consequences of that intensity; it’s normal as it’s the first match of the season for him. But he’s going to get more.
“He was waiting for quite a long time, he was deserving [of his chance] for quite a long time. It’s not easy to give an opportunity to a player who doesn’t play for many months in matches where the team really needs [a] result.
“I wanted to make changes but changes in players that need a change and not spend a change on Luke. But he managed on for 90 minutes and really I told him this is not the best, this is just an opportunity for you to play and to improve your level. Honestly, I am happy with his performance.”
Luke Shaw had surgery over the summer following an injury picked up back in April and only came back into first team contention in October. Prior to Wednesday’s Champions League tie the left-back had only made two substitute appearances all season, both in the EFL Cup.
Playing as a left wingback versus the Russian outfit, Shaw earned 81% of the man of the match vote on Manchester United’s official Twitter page. He bombed up and down the left flank, putting in some dangerous crosses and has now given Jose Mourinho something to think about both over the busy Christmas period and the future.
We have been strongly linked with a move for Tottenham’s Danny Rose as the boss has never seemingly been keen on any of our options at left-back. Ashley Young has impressed greatly over the past month or so but isn’t an out-and-out defender.
It will be interesting to see where Shaw’s future lies but no doubt he’ll be given more opportunities between now and the end of the season to establish himself as a Manchester United regular.