Champions League

Martial wins praise after equaliser

2015-10-22 08:38
Anthony Martial (Gallo Images)

Moscow - Anthony Martial went from villain to hero as his second-half equaliser earned Manchester United a deserved point in a 1-1 draw against CSKA Moscow in Champions League Group B on Wednesday.

The French teenager conceded a first-half penalty but popped up with a fine header to keep United two points behind group leaders VfL Wolfsburg, level with CSKA and a point ahead of PSV Eindhoven.

"Anthony Martial didn't let his head go down, which can happen after the penalty and he scored a great goal," United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin told BT Sport.

"Then we pushed on and gave everything and couldn't get the second goal which was a shame."

Schneiderlin acknowledged that United had to be more creative in possession and said that while they were disappointed not to get the win it was more important not to come away from Moscow with nothing.

"We could have played a bit more direct sometimes, but we know that we can improve because we need to create a bit more," the midfielder said.

"It's a bit of mixed feelings. With the game we wanted to take the three points but in the Champions League it is a marathon, not just about one game," he added.

"It is difficult because we wanted to come here to win, but the most important thing was to not leave here without any points."

Manchester United will now turn their attention to the derby against cross town rivals City on Sunday.

The match kicks off at 16:05.

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