Valencia seals victory for a patient United

<strong>CSKA MOSCOW (0</strong>) vs<strong> MANCHESTER UTD (1)</strong><br /><br />SIR ALEX FERGUSON hailed a job well done after his Manchester United side put themselves on the brink of qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages with a hard-fought victory over CSKA Moscow.<br /><br />Antonio Valencia&rsquo;s strike four minutes from time maintained United&rsquo;s 100 per cent record in the group stages and helped them secure a first win over a Russian side in Europe in six attempts.<br /><br />In a match played on the plastic pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium and in sub-zero temperatures, this was always a potential banana skin for Ferguson&rsquo;s men, despite being back at the scene of their 2008 Champions League triumph over Chelsea.<br /><br />But Ferguson insisted the pitch was not too much of a disadvantage to his troops and praised his men for a professional display. &ldquo;I said before the game that if you&rsquo;re a good footballer you concentrate on the ball. I think they did that and they did it well,&rdquo; the United boss said. &ldquo;We wanted to go for a surge through the middle rather than in the wide positions and I think that worked quite well. We had some good chances at the end of the day, and we&rsquo;re pleased Valencia got a goal.&rdquo;<br /><br />Ferguson also had the luxury of substituting key players such as Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes ahead of Sunday&rsquo;s league clash with Liverpool, and played down fears of a bad injury to full-back Fabio, who was superb on his first-team recall. &ldquo;Fabio was absolutely outstanding today, the boy&rsquo;s magnificent for 18 years of age,&rdquo; Ferguson added. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s first class, he just had some cramp, he&rsquo;ll be okay.&rdquo;<br /><br />Valencia proved United&rsquo;s biggest goal threat, first smashing a shot against the crossbar before Nani had a header turned round the post by keeper Igor Aknifeev.<br /><br />But Valencia made no mistake four minutes from the end, capping a fine team display when powering home an angled drive at the far post.<br />