Manchester United maintained a perfect record in Champions League after defeating CSKA Moscow 1-0, thanks to Antonio Valencia's second goal in 2 matches 4 minutes from full time. United now leads Group B with 9 points in 3 games.
In truth, it was a boring match, since United played 4-5-1 with Berbatov as a lone striker. That's a first, and probably the last, since Berbatov was really isolated throughout the match, and only played better once Owen was introduced after 70 minutes.
The defensive duo, Ferdinand and Vidic, returned to partner with Edwin van der Sar, but early errors seemed to shake the English champions a bit. Fortunately, CSKA was playing below par, too.
Throughout the first half, it was a match with few moments, the best was Scholes' speculative rocket shot from thirty yards which Akinfeev succeeded to turn away.
Second half was another story, though. CSKA suddenly disappeared as United took control of the match. Fortunately for CSKA, Akinfeev was in mood to impress his possibly future employer. He kept his goal clean from a lot of United efforts, the best was when he turned away Nani diving header, but had little to do when Berbatov flicked the ball for Valencia to blast in a far-post shot 4 minutes from time.
Owen had 20 minutes to impress, but missed half a chance. World Cup 2010 dream looked quite bleak day by day, unless Ferguson did his best to bring out the best of Owen.
With O'shea and Scholes as anchor midfielders, Anderson should've been the man to turn to in every United attack. Sadly, he seemed incapable of doing that role. He seemed busy in the field, but truthfully, it was an awful performance of trying to impersonate the man he's supposed to replace in the future, Paul Scholes.
Anyway, a good win but boring match. Next match, Liverpool in Anfield.