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Mourinho without midfield trio for CSKA Moscow trip

28 September, 2017, 00:39 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • Jose Mourinho

Going into Matchday 2 as the table topper, albeit on goal difference, Manchester United will start favourite as it travels to Russian Federation to face CSKA Moscow on the back of an impressive vicotry over FC Basel.

Manchester United romped to an emphatic 4-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in their Champions League Group A clash in Russian Federation.

It's surprising that Mourinho even agreed to the photograph - although, in fairness, he doesn't look particularly happy in it.

With Belgium already qualified for the World Cup, Mourinho hopes Fellaini will be rested during the global break next week. No camera for Craig and he made that decision. "Matches away from home are even more hard and of course we need the best of our players". We are trying to improve that aspect and stay more focused for the whole game and not be doing fantasy football or PlayStation, as he said'.

It proved to be a sensational night for Celtic as they bagged their first Champions League group stage away win in five years as goals from Leigh Griffiths, Patrick Roberts, and Scot Sinclair handed Brendan Rodgers' troops a fantastic 3-0 win in Belgium.

CSKA won its first #Champions League Game against Benfica, but this time, a team from the toughest league is coming to face them.

"We don't have Fellaini, Pogba or Carrick, so all three midfield players we lose for this match, so the solutions are not many", Mourinho said.

As for opponents CSKA, while he expects them to be "the best CSKA side that [he] has faced", Mourinho was asked a question about their attacking midfielder Vitinho, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Manchester United Under-19s maintained a winning start in Europe on Wednesday afternoon, overcoming a less-than-perfect pitch to beat CSKA Moscow 2-1 and make it two victories from two games in the UEFA Youth League.

Mourinho said CSKA will provide his side with a stern test on Wednesday (19:45 BST kick-off) but believes they can return with three points.

According to the press service of the Moscow Department of Regional Security and Anti-Corruption, relayed by R-Sport, 5500 police officers and volunteers will provide security during both sets of Champions League games. Manager Viktor Goncharenko was without some key players as Victor Vasin was left out for the Sergei Ignashevich at the heart of the defence while key creator Aleksandr Golovin was suspended.

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