Manchester United beat Moscow in Champions League Football

MOSCOW: Manchester United patiently wore down CSKA Moscow and a late strike by winger Antonio Valencia secured a 1-0 win in Champions League Group B on Wednesday.

United returned to Moscow''s Luzhniki Stadium for the first time since their victory over Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final and Valencia''s shot from a tight angle four minutes from time secured their third successive win in the competition.

The English champions top the group with nine points and are firmly on course to reach the knockout stages as they bid for a third consecutive appearance in the Champions League final.

Despite missing several key players including Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney through injury, United dominated possession in an entertaining first half which lacked clearcut chances.

Midfielder Paul Scholes tested CSKA keeper Igor Akinfeyev with a long-range effort and United captain Gary Neville''s shot sailed just over the bar.