Video - Rooney's reacts to his winning goal against CSKA Moscow

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Rooney ended United's 404 minute goal drought
Rooney ended United's 404 minute goal drought

It wasn't pretty, but Manchester United got the win they needed in the Champions League and Wayne Rooney silenced his critics for now with the winning goal.

A 79th minute goal from Rooney ended United's goal drought as they saw off CSKA Moscow 1-0 in front of a less than enthused Old Trafford crowd, with the tactics of coach Louis van Gaal again under scrutiny.

Van Gaal's decision to take off Anthony Martial and replace him with Marouane Fellaini brought jeers from the United fans, but all was well at the end as Rooney headed home this goal.

Rooney’s former United team-mate Ferdinand believes Rooney answered some of his critics with his fine header to see off CSKA Moscow, after weeks of criticism for the striker.

“He always seems to just pop up with a goal when it’s needed,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“The pressure was on, people were doubting him. Is he over the hill? Is he too old now? He always seems to come good.

“Rooney was in the place where he needed to be to finish if off. It was a worrying night for United at times, but the got the job done in the end.”