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Manchester United hit back to beat CSKA Moscow and clinch top spot

It scarcely counts as a shock that Manchester United have secured their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time in four years. It may be more significant that they go into Sunday’s Manchester derby buoyed by a fourth consecutive victory and that Romelu Lukaku’s fine goal could end his barren run.

By beating CSKA Moscow they won Group A. As only a seven-goal defeat, coupled with a Basel win against Benfica, could eliminate them, United’s progress appeared guaranteed. Their 100% home record this season and their club-record unbeaten run at Old Trafford were under rather greater threat when CSKA scored a contentious, but correctly awarded, opener.

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