Anthony Martial gets 9/10 in Man United's emphatic win vs. CSKA
Ahead of kickoff, Jose Mourinho claimed this CSKA side would be the toughtest he had ever faced, after playing against them with Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid. At the final whistle, following Manchester United's 4-1 win, you had to wonder whether the manager had been playing mind games.
CSKA were as poor as United were brilliant; Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan all got on the scoresheet in a game that United could have won by more goals. With two wins and seven goals scored, this has been a fantastic start to their Champions League campaign.
United are playing better football than they have for years; so exciting to watch. But Martial is the pick of the bunch and his form is even better than in his debut campaign. Something has clicked this season and defenders just can't live with him.
Lukaku is also in fantastic form, having scored 10 goals in nine appearances in all competitions. What is also impressive is how regularly he contributes in the lead up to his goals.
Martial was limping slightly when was substituted, having previously signaled to the bench that he needed to be taken off. Considering his form, United fans will be desperate for there to be nothing seriously wrong with him. It was also disappointing to see a goal conceded with just one minute left to play.
Manager rating out of 10
10 -- Despite making five changes from the team that beat Southampton on Saturday, Mourinho made United solid defensively, control the game in the middle of the park and create chance after chance. He got everything right.
Player ratings (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK David De Gea, 8 -- Got down really well to prevent Alan Dzagoev from instantly equalising after Lukaku's opener and, not long before half-time, Fedor Chalov was denied by an incredible reaction. De Gea kept his concentration to pull off big saves despite large periods of having nothing to do and there was nothing he could do to stop CSKA's goal.
DF Ashley Young, 7 -- Didn't deliver as many dangerous crosses as in recent games, but got up the right flank well and also set the tone when tracking back to deny Dzagoev at 0-0. Replaced for the final 25 minutes.
DF Victor Lindelof, 7 -- Adjusted well to playing as one of three central defenders. He dealt with everything that came his way, which wasn't very much.
DF Eric Bailly, 7 -- Solid performance at the back in his Champions League debut, having missed the opening game through suspension. That said, he will be disappointed not to get tighter to goalscorer Konstantin Kuchaev in the last minute.
DF Chris Smalling, 7 -- Did well to get in front of and keep out CSKA's forwards when they posed more threat in the second half.
DF Daley Blind, 7 -- A good showing going forward, he put in one brilliant first-half ball to Mkhitaryan that should have resulted in a goal.
MF Nemanja Matic, 7 -- Protected United's defence and moved the ball quickly to players ahead of him. The pass of the game was his too, when playing a spectacular diagonal ball to Darmian. Another good performance from the midfielder.
MF Ander Herrera, 7 -- In a rare start, Herrera saw plenty of the ball and controlled the midfield. He played a great ball to Martial in the lead up to United's fourth and did well defensively when the home side started to attack more in the second half.
FW Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 7 -- Should have put United 2-0 up after a one-two with Blind, the won the penalty from which Martial did double the lead. Mkhitaryan created space for himself by constantly losing his marker and his acceleration meant he made the most of the rebound from Martial's shot to put United 4-0 in front.
FW Anthony Martial, 9 -- A lovely flick allowed Mkhitaryan to break early before he set up Lukaku for the opening goal. Minutes later, Martial doubled United's lead from the penalty spot, then assisted Lukaku again for the third. He also played a role in Mkhitaryan's goal and, in general, terrified the CSKA defenders.
FW Romelu Lukaku, 8 -- Got up well to head United ahead after initially playing in Martial and was in the right place at the right time for a simple tap in to put United 3-0 up, having anticipated Vasili Berezutski's error.
FW Jesse Lingard, 6 -- Replaced Mkhitaryan with half an hour to play and almost scored instantly but Igor Akinfeev made a great save.
DF Matteo Darmian, 6 -- Did well to control a great ball from Matic but Akinfeev did well to narrow the angle and save.
FW Marcus Rashford, NR -- No goal from the bench for him tonight; one free kick from distance was well off target.
Scott is one of ESPN FC's Manchester United bloggers. Follow him on Twitter: @R_o_M.