Manchester United returned from the freezing grasp of Moscow with a precious point after they secured a 1-1 draw against CSKA on Wednesday night.
After not even remotely looking at the races for the first 45 minutes, United slowly grew into the game and Anthony Martial’s superbly taken equaliser delivered a point that had seemed unexpected at the break.
Here’s five talking points from last night.
Wayne Rooney has claimed he feels he has a lot more to give to Manchester United and that he feels fitter than at an any stage in his career.
The England captain, who will celebrate his 30th birthday on Saturday, a day before the Manchester derby, has attracted a lot of criticism for a string of disappointing performances this season but he remains adamant there’s a lot more to come from him and that fitness is not an issue.
Bastian Schweinsteiger hailed Manchester United fans as “unbelievable” after the travelling fans generated a rousing atmosphere at Goodison Park on Saturday.
United clinched their first win away at Everton in four years, as goals from Morgan Schneiderlin, Ander Herrera and Wayne Rooney kept them two points behind league leaders City ahead of next week’s derby.
Louis Van Gaal has hailed Wayne Rooney as an “example” after the Manchester United captain scored against Everton on Sunday.
It was Rooney’s first goal on his former home turf since 2007 and it was the first time the United number 10 had scored away from home in the Premier League in 11 months.
Manchester United put the defeat against Arsenal behind them, as they clinched a 3-0 win against Everton after a superb performance at Goodison Park.
On a ground that had rarely been a happy place for United in recent seasons, Louis Van Gaal’s side showed remarkable composure and secured a result that few would have expected ahead of kick-off, which keeps them in touching distance with City ahead of next week’s derby.
Here’s five talking points from Saturday
After the start to the season and all the reinvention of the side over the summer the performance against Arsenal was about as disappointing as a dry January with Amy Winehouse.
Lethargic, naïve and amateurish. Like a member of fat fighters being de-flowered, United’s midfield were appalling at the Emirates. They were not alone as there are few who can look back on that performance with any sort of pride. An uncharacteristic lack of character.
Neymar’s dad has confirmed that Manchester United did submit a bid to Barcelona during the transfer window last summer.
In the final weeks of the transfer window, rumours suggesting United might be plotting a sensational move for the Brazil striker intensified, as Ed Woodward and Louis Van Gaal looked to secure a star signing before the transfer deadline.
Anthony Martial has won the Premier League’s Barclays Player of the Month award for September, after making an impressive start to his Manchester United career.
The 19-year-old arrived at Old Trafford on deadline day, with fans sneering at Louis Van Gaal’s decision to sign an unknown teenager rather than an established international, while pundits and media had a field day as they criticised United for spending £36m on the Frenchman.