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CL: Louis van Gaal 'relieved' as Manchester United end goal drought

Manchester: Man United manager Louis van Gaal admitted to feeling "relieved" after Wayne Rooney ended the club's 404-minute scoring drought to secure a 1-0 victory over CSKA Moscow.

Man United striker Wayne Rooney celebrates his goal against CSKA Moscow with teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger (jersey No 31) in Manchester on Tuesday night
Man United striker Wayne Rooney celebrates his goal against CSKA Moscow with teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger (jersey No 31) in Manchester on Tuesday night

United had drawn their three previous games 0-0 and a fourth consecutive goalless draw — unprecedented in the club's history — was on the cards as Tuesday's Champions League tie at Old Trafford entered its final 15 minutes.

But in the 79th minute Rooney met Jesse Lingard's deft volleyed pass from the right with a bullet header that elevated United to the top of Group B with two matches remaining.

"We deserve it. I'm relieved, but also proud, because it's not so easy," said the Dutchman, after United's first home win against Russian opposition in four attempts.

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