CSKA Moscow vs. Manchester United: Champions League pre-match review

Tricia Pearson
September 28, 2017

By David McdonnellUnited are without Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini for their CL test in Russian Federation.

Mourinho expects Fellaini to be back soon after sustaining an ankle injury in the 1-0 win at Southampton on Saturday. "I'm happy that was recognised and I can be doing my work normally against Crystal Palace".

The Belgium global will undergo further medical tests this week to determine the extent of the damage, amid fears he could be sidelined for several games, according to the Mirror.

"I think that was last season".

The Premier League side were already without Paul Pogba, who is expected to be out for a couple of weeks still, but Jose Mourinho has revealed that Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick will miss their fixture against the Russian outfit as well.

Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard also made the trip with Jose Mourinho.

A win on Wednesday would see Man Utd go three points clear at the top of Champions League Group A, with CSKA now behind the Old Trafford side on goal difference alone.

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Mourinho was also relieved that he will not face any further punishment from the Football Association after he was sent off for "encroaching on to the pitch" in the final minutes of his side's 1-0 win at Southampton.

But speaking at a pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Goncharenko was hopeful the Brazilian will be ready to take his place in the team once again. So all three midfield players we lose for this match.

One of the most recognizable players in CSKA Moscow - Igor Akinfeev has been a mainstay between the sticks for the Army Men since 2003 for the senior tea, having played his entire career at the Russian club clocking up over 500 official appearances.

In three of the four in-person meetings between CSKA and Manchester United, the "total less than 2.5" bet was played.

In-form attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan said Mourinho's words after the Basel game had made United's players doubly determined not to let their levels drop even once games are in the bag.

"With regards to the Champions League, I'm available. But it's not the first time I'm going to play in Champions League, I know how to deal with it, and I'm going to try to do my best to perform well as well", the Armenian added.

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