Europa League winners Manchester United will go up against CSKA Moscow at the VEB Arena, in Moscow. Jose Mourinho’s men have transformed it into a lethal attacking unit that possesses the strength to dismantle any defence line. The Red Devils have scored 14 goals in their last 5 games and have conceded just 2. Mourinho has already made it clear that he will go all out in every tournament that they are competing in. United beat Basel in their Champions League opener with Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rushford and Marouane Fellaini all on the scoring sheet.
In Premier League, United have so far kept a near perfect win record with 5 wins and 1 draw in their last league games. They played their last game against the Saints on Saturday and kept it tight to win it 1-0. Lukaku provided the breakthrough and it was enough for the Reds to see off their opponents with 3 points from the encounter.
CSKA are currently on a seesaw run in the Russian Premier League with 20 points, they are placed 4th on the table. They got off to a decent beginning in the Champions League this season, with a well fought 2-1 win over Benfica. This game will be a decider for the top place in Group A of the competition as both the teams share equal points with a win each but United are the group leaders as they won with a higher goal difference.
Manchester United – Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Paul Pogba and Phil Jones have not travelled with the squad. Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain sidelined with injuries.
Victor Lindelof could start alongside Eric Bailly or Chris Smalling with Matteo Darmian and Blind on either flank. If included in the playing XI it will be Bailly’s Manchester United debut in the Champions League.
CSKA Moscow: Mario Fernandes, the pillar of CSKA’s defence had to leave the pitch against Dinamo after suffering a severe head injury and is expected to be out.
Players to watch out for:
Manchester United: Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Nemanja Matic, Anthony Martial
CSKA Moscow: Sergei Ignashevich, Alan Dzagoev, Vitinho
When and where is the match?
India: The game will begin at 12:15 AM IST at the VEB Arena on Thursday, September 28
UK: The game will begin at 19:45 BST at the VEB Arena on Wednesday, September 27
How to watch the match?
India: TV – The match will be telecasted live on Sony network
Online – Online streaming can be availed on Sonyliv.com and Sony Liv mobile app
UK: TV – BT Sport network will telecast the match live
Online – BT Sport app
Potential Starting Xl:
Manchester United: Sergio Romero, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind
CSKA Moscow: Akinfeev, Ignashevich, V. Berezutski, A. Berezutski, Nababkin, Dzagoev, Wernbloom, Golovin, Schennikov; Vitinho, Zhamaletdinov.