CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United: Three players who must start

Jose Mourinho

The Red Devils have enjoyed a strong start to the season; they are level on points at the top of the Premier League table with Manchester City and have already picked up a win in the Champions League.

United returned to the competition after a season in the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Basel in their opening game in Group A earlier this month, and take on CSKA Moscow in Russian Federation on Wednesday.

CSKA secured a surprise 2-1 triumph at Benfica on matchday one, but head coach Goncharenko knows it will be tough to pull off another shock on Wednesday evening.

He's impressed with how the Premier League giants have strengthened their squad since Jose Mourinho took charge past year.

It's also worth noting that according to Opta, Manchester United's five away games against Russian clubs in all competitions have produced only five goals (3 for, 2 against).

Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are available again after serving European suspensions but the former will not feature.

In his own press conference, manager Jose Mourinho refused to confirm whether Mkhitaryan would start against CSKA - stating he had merely selected the player for media duty because he is fluent in Russian.

United started their campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win at Old Trafford against FC Basel on match day one with Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford getting the goals.

Fellaini, who holds particular importance for Mourinho, was the victim of a harsh challenge from Southampton's Shane Long at the weekend.

"I think it's the best CSKA side that I will have faced". Midfielder Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Marcos Rojo remain sidelined as they are recovering from long-term injuries.

"After Crystal Palace, there is the worldwide break and Belgium was the first team to qualify (for the 2018 World Cup), so (they are) not even under pressure for a special big match".

CSKA Moscow could be without Aleksandr Makarov as he is a doubt with an ankle problem. The both teams have met four times and in that matches, Manchester United has won two matches and two matches ended in a draw. Every time I come it's better, so I have to say that it's a pleasure. While United have a lot of strong qualities, in any game against any opponent, we can change the course of the game.

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