Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford scored as Manchester United defeated CSKA Moscow 2-1 on Tuesday to reach the Champions League knockout rounds for the first time since 2013-14.
A contentious goal awarded to Vitinho gave CSKA a shock lead on half-time, but Lukaku and Rashford struck twice in two second-half minutes to send Jose Mourinho s side into the last 16 as Group A winners.
After Saturday s 3-1 win at Arsenal, victory at Old Trafford sustained United s momentum ahead of Sunday s crucial derby showdown with runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.
“I m really happy because we don t want to qualify with a defeat, we don t want to qualify with a bad performance,” said Mourinho.
“So the objective was to qualify playing well and try to get a positive result. I think we did that very, very well.”
In avoiding defeat, United extended their run of unbeaten home games to 40 in all competitions, their last loss on home turf being a 2-1 defeat by City in September last year.
With Basel qualifying by winning 2-0 away to Benfica in the other group game, CSKA had to content