UEFA Champions League: Can CSKA Moscow take advantage of depleted Manchester United

Manchester United have travelled a long distance to face the Russian side CSKA Moscow on matchday two of the 2017/18 Champions League group stage. After winning the first encounter 3-0 against Basel, Jose Mourinho’s side will be looking for another 3 points tonight.

CSKA Moscow enjoyed an unexpected success in their Champions League opener earlier in September as they came from a goal behind to beat Benfica 2-1 away from home, a result which sees their chances of progressing from this group.

CSKA Moscow, after winning that match against Benfica has fared well in the Russian Liga, they beat Rostov 2-0 at home but were knocked out of the Russian Cup and drew with Dinamo Moscow on Saturday.

The Russians are 4th on the league table, they will be confident to see depleted Manchester United team.

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Manchester United have already played nine competitive matches, and with seven wins from those games, they will be feeling full of confidence.

The Red Devils only defeat of the season came in their first game as they faced Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, but since then they have looked unstoppable at times. They have won seven and drawn one, scoring an impressive 24 goals and conceding just three in the process.

Much of Manchester United’s attacking success has been thanks to their new star striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian forward has only failed to score in one of his appearances for his new club so far and has averaged a goal per game. He looks in a red-hot form and could expect his name to be on the scoresheet.

United have met CSKA on four previous occasions in the Champions League group stage,winning twice and drawing twice during the 2009/10 and 2015/16 seasons.

CSKA Moscow will be without their wing-back Mario Fernandes after he sustained a knock at the weekend,while Attacking midfielder Aleksandr Golovin is likely to be involved after returning from a domestic suspension.

Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick will miss the match due to slight injury. With Paul Pogba injured along with Fellaini and Carrick,Mourinho has been left with limited midfield options.

Phil Jones is also set to miss out, which will see Chris Smalling or Victor Lindelof partner Eric Bailly, available after suspension.

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