CSKA boss blames defeat on Doumbia’s miss

Manchester United's English defender Phil Jones (L) and Manchester United's French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin (R) vie for the ball with CSKA Moscow's Ivorian forward Seydou Doumbia during the UEFA Champions League group B football match between PFC CSKA Moscow and FC Manchester United at the Arena Khimki stadium outside Moscow on October 21, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

CSKA head coach Leonid Slutski believes his side would have a least gotten a point out of their UEFA Champions League clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday night if Ivorian star Seydou Doumbia had made their one good chance count.

CSKA did not have a single goal attempt until the 63rd minute. They began to show as an attacking force with Doumbia’s arrival but the man who scored the winning goal at Manchester City last November failed to get on the score sheet or release Musa for a chance on goal after he was put through by the Nigerian.

The CSKA forward was foiled by David de Gea and then saw Chris Smalling block his follow-up to the disappointment of Slutski.

“We tried to counterattack. I think the [chance] with Seydou Doumbia contributed to the final result. It’s difficult to create chances in a game against Manchester United.

“I don’t really want to comment [about the goal] because I haven’t seen the replay yet. There was a big probability that United would create a lot of chances and we had to be attentive to that.

“The players were not afraid. As I said, it’s always difficult to play against such a strong team as Manchester United. We didn’t have lots of possession, just as in the first game in Moscow.” The CSKA boss said on the UEFA official website.

Manchester United’s long wait for a goal finally ended as Wayne Rooney’s header secured a 1-0 victory against CSKA Moscow.