League knockout stages after thrashing CSKA Moscow in Russia
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The Old Trafford side had won just one of their previous 10 away games in the competition, but two goals in the opening 18 minutes set up a very comfortable night at the VEB Arena."The important thing is two matches, six points and a good position in the Champions League," said Mourinho, whose side beat Basel 3-0 in their opening game."Four more matches to play but we started really strongly and we are almost there."I think we surprised them with our attitude and we were really strong, and we killed the game. They did not look as good as they are but I think that was because of us."Lukaku has now scored 10 goals in nine games since joining <a href="http://www.authenticcanadiensonline.com/Authentic-Dominic-Moore-Jersey"> http://www.authenticcanadiensonline.com/Authentic-Dominic-Moore-Jersey</a> United from Everton in the summer."I have to admit he is scoring really important goals almost every game," said Mourinho."We know that he is a very good player, he can score lots of goals, and playing in a team surrounded by quality players it is even easier to do that."Four minutes in the Belgian striker headed in a cross from Martial, who went from provider to goalscorer by converting a penalty after Mkhitaryan was brought down.
And, in the city in which their third and most recent European Cup triumph came in 2008, United effectively ended the game as a contest on 26 minutes.Aided by some dreadful defending from the home side, Lukaku slotted in his second from a couple of yards out.Mkhitaryan added the fourth from close range and United could have scored more - Lukaku was twice denied by brilliant stops from Igor Akinfeev, who also thwarted Jesse Lingard.Lukaku said: "I just work hard and will <a href="http://www.nikecowboysjerseys.com/byron-jones-jersey-for-sale-c-16.html">Byron Jones Womens Jersey</a> keep on going. The team is doing well but we must improve. I just want to win trophies."CSKA did have chances, with the excellent David de Gea twice saving sharply from Alan Dzagoev and tipping over a Fedor Chalov shot.
And Konstantin Kuchaev slid in a well-taken consolation late on to give the boisterous home fans something to cheer.In the group's other game, former Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel scored a penalty as Basel trounced 10-man Benfica 5-0.CSKA stalwarts Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich and Vasili Berezutski have played more than 1,500 club games between them and earned a total of 322 Russia caps.But they were badly exposed by United, and the hosts have now failed to keep a clean sheet in their past 30 Champions League games. Akinfeev, meanwhile, has gone 41 straight games without a shutout.Ignashevich looked all of his 38 years as he failed to get off the ground to meet a cross <a href="http://www.nikecowboysjerseys.com/brice-butler-jersey-for-sale-c-47.html">http://www.nikecowboysjerseys.com/brice-butler-jersey-for-sale-c-47.html</a> into the box and allowed Lukaku to head home at the back post.
Berezutski, three years younger than his defensive colleague, then failed to connect properly with a Daley Blind cross, and his miscue allowed Lukaku the easiest of finishes.
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