Manchester United Maintain Unbeaten Record In Russian Capital; Completely Outclass CSKA Moscow

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Three-time winners Manchester United brushed aside CSKA Moscow 4-1 to maintain their unbeaten record in the Russian capital, with Romelu Lukaku continuing his extraordinary start to life at the club with a brace.

The Belgian striker headed Jose Mourinho’s visitors in front, before Anthony Martial made it two from the penalty spot.

Lukaku tapped in his 10th goal of the season before halftime and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the fourth before a late consolation from teenager Konstantin Kuchaev.

“It is a great achievement (Lukaku’s goals), but it’s only possible with a good team,” said Mourinho.

“But for Romelu, these are incredible numbers. He is humble, he wants to learn, he is ambitious.”

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.

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“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 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.

 

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