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    Manchester United 2 - 1 VfL Wolfsburg

    After the 2-1 loss to PSV on their return to the Champions League, Manchester United have secured a win; which brings Group B to deadlock.

    Wolfsburg opened up the scoring early on - just four minutes in - and things looked bleak for Louis Van Gaal's side. It is no secret that English sides have come under scrutiny in the Champions League, with poor performances from both Arsenal and Chelsea the night before.

    But the clubs of Manchester are keeping the English dream afloat. Manchester United massively struggled to break through Wolfsburg's defence in the first half, with their box well guarded to avoid an equaliser.

    Chances were coming; with the captain Wayne Rooney missing a sitter in the first half. After that chance, he reverted to his role of centre ghost.

    Rooney may not have equalled records set by Ruud Van Nistelrooy or Denis Law tonight, but he is not the only one not on form. Makeshift full back Antonio Valencia was not at his best, and either was the young winger Memphis Depay. Memphis was subbed off in the second half for Andreas Pereria, who made an impression against Ipswich.


    Credit: The Mirror

    Negativities aside, Manchester United hugely benefitted from the experienced legs of Bastian Schweinsteiger. The bargain signing of the summer was commanding his side and bringing his Champions League expertise to the side. Some of his passes were exceptional, and his absence was noted when he was taken off in the second half for Phil Jones.

    But the man of the moment has to be Juan Mata. The Spaniard stepped up to the plate for penalty duties ahead of Rooney, and slotted the ball ever so cooly. Mata's penalty equalised for the home side, and he played a key role in the winning goal too. His clever assist met the feet of Chris Smalling to seal all available points. Yet another game featuring a Mata goal and assist; the midfield magician is constantly proving just how vital he is for van Gaal

    The pressure is somewhat off the Red Devils as they now have a win under their belt, but the battle is far from over. Van Gaal will be looking to continue his philosophy against Arsenal on Sunday in order to stay at the top of the league.
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