So Manchester United's quest to qualify for the Champions League knock out stages is looking a lot healthier after tonight. A much-improved performance from Wayne Rooney helped his side clinch a narrow but deserved victory over CSKA Moscow, with the skipper himself getting the goal after nodding in Jesse Lingard's fine cross.
Manchester City meanwhile have secured their place in the last 16 already. They became the first team to beat Sevilla on their own turf in this competition with a hugely impressive 3-1 win, in which they took a two goal lead within 10 minutes. Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, a result that ensured Manuel Pellegrini's side qualified for the knockout stages in record time.
It was a rather tepid affair elsewhere in Europe this evening. Despite all the firepower on show, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain fought out another quiet battle with Nacho Fernandez grabbing the winner.
Manchester United find themselves top of Group A tonight thanks to PSV Eindhoven beating Wolfsburg 2-0 at home, but things remain finely poised with just three points the difference between all four teams.
Wednesday's other Champions League results:
Real Madrid 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk 4-0 Malmo
PSV Eindhoven 2-0 Wolfsburg
Benfica 2-1 Galatasaray
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-1 Juventus
Now Young wants a penalty! He won't get it, however, and the referee has made the correct call again; Young was well on his way down well before Akinfeev made contact with him.
United pass up their best chance of the game! Lingard does brilliantly down the left, finding Mata who has pulled out towards the near post. Mata turns inside and manages to play the ball across the face of goal to Rooney, who can't sort his feet out and lets the chance bypass him.
Rooney is down in the box, but he won't get a penalty. There was slight contact from the CSKA defender as the United skipper tried to force his way towards the six yard area but not enough to send him to the turf.
About 20 minutes remaining in our games this evening. United need a goal, but are looking really devoid of ideas. The shouts of 'Attack Attack Attack' from the Old Trafford faithful are growing louder and louder.
Louis van Gaal must have read that last post. Martial is off, with Marouane Fellaini coming onto replace the Frenchman. And there are some boos ringing around Old Trafford as the teenager departs.
Anthony Martial, so often United's source of inspiration since his arrival at the club, have endured a relatively poor evening tonight. He's been wasteful in possession and struggled to hold his line, drifting offside when he shouldn't far too often.
PSV Eindhoven have taken the lead against Wolfsburg, that leaves all four sides - as it stands - all within a point of each other.
United have lost that swift, attacking verve in the first 15 minutes of this half, they are still dominating possession but are struggling to break down the Russians, just as they did in Moscow two weeks ago.
Juventus have equalised away to Borussia Monchengladbach through Stephan Lichtsteiner this evening while Shakhtar Donetsk are cruising at home to Malmo, leading 3-0.
HALF TIME SCORES:
Manchester United 0-0 CSKA Moscow
Sevilla 1-3 Manchester City
Real Madrid 1-0 Paris Saint-Germain
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Malmo
PSV Eindhoven 0-0 Wolfsburg
Benfica 0-0 Galatasaray
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Juventus
United force a corner in the final moments of the half but make a right mess of it. That's half time at Old Trafford.
United are still in search of their first of the evening but it looks like they might have to wait for the second half; we're into added time at Old Trafford.
City have their two-goal lead back and they can have Joe Hart to thank for it. The England goalkeeper launches the ball out quickly to Jesus Navas who tees Bony up expertly to finish.
Goal! Sevilla 1-3 Manchester City Wilfried Bony)
Real Madrid have taken the lead in the most eye-catching fixture of the evening against Paris Saint-Germain with Nacho Fernandez putting the La Liga giants ahead.
Oh what a goal that would have been. United move the ball around swiftly, moving it neatly from left to right, finding Young. He swings in a beauty of a cross which Rojo gets on the end of near the far post and opts to smash a first time volley on goal. His radar is off however and he can only slam it into the advertising boards.
Young plays a neat one two with Rooney creeping up the byline on the right and arrows an inviting ball across goal. It bypasses everyone but Lingard who pops up at the far post but he blazes a poor effort over the bar.
Martial is penalised for pulling the shirt of his opponent out on the wing. The Frenchman protests, but the ripped shirt hanging off the CSKA defender suggests he was probably in the wrong.
Bastian Schweinsteiger glides forward, skipping past challenges before he is clipped about 30 yards out from goal to the left. Rooney swings one in, looking to get the ball to bounce off the slippery turf, and finds Smalling, who can't direct his header on target.
Sevilla have pulled one back through Benoit Tremoulinas who was placed to slam a header home from close range.
Goa! Sevilla 1-2 Manchester City (Benoit Tremoulinas)
There's a bit of a lull in the game at Old Trafford at the minute. United are still comfortably in control, dominating possession while playing in a much more stylish 4-4-2 formation.
More good news for City, Borussia Monchengladbach have taken the lead against Juventus, Fabian Johnson giving his side the opener after 19 minutes.
United are swarming forward in numbers at every opportunity with Rojo, who barely crossed the half way line in Moscow two weeks ago, bombing forward at will.