Manchester United travel to VEB Arena for their Champions League fixture against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
Setting The Scene
Manchester United have made a great start to their Champions League campaign with a win at home against FC Basel.
CSKA Moscow ride on an away win against Benfica at Lisbon.
Both sides have made a fair start in the Champions League this season. Both would want to win to keep the momentum going.
United So Far
Manchester United kicked off their 2017/18 Champions League season to the best possible start with a 3-0 win at Old Trafford against FC Basel a fortnight ago.
Since then, the Red Devils have stretched their winning run to four games in all competitions with wins in the Premier League and League Cup.
Wins against Everton and Southampton in the Premier League and a 4-1 thumping of Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup has extended their unbeaten run to 8 games in all competions.
This has been the best start for the Reds since the Ferguson era. United are current joint leaders in the Premier League along with Manchester City.
United also top Group A in Champions League with 3 points.
CSKA Moscow’s Start To The Season
CSKA Moscow kicked off the Champions League campaign with an 2-1 away win at Lisbon against Benfica. Currently, they sit second in the group.
The Russian team made a mixed start to the domestic season with 20 points in 11 League games. They finished runner-ups in the previous season behind Spartak.
The Militarians currently sit in fourth place in the Russian Premier Liga.
CSKA Moscow go into this tie on the back of a goalless draw against Dinamo and an early Russian Cup exit in the hands Avangard Kursk.
But Goncharenko’s side saved their best efforts for the European games. They cruised past the Champions League qualifying round against AEK Athens and BSC Young Boys without conceding a goal.
Team News Update
Eric Baily and Phil Jones are available for selection for the Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow after serving their respective bans against FC Basel.
Paul Pogba will remain sidelined due to his hamstring injury. Marcus Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are ruled out with long-term injuries.
Left-back Mario Fernandes will play no part in Wednesday’s fixture against United after succumbing to concussion during their match against Dinamo Moscow.
CSKA’s attacking midfielder will remain sidelined with an ankle problem.
Past Clashes Against CSKA Moscow
Manchester United have an unbeaten record against the Russian team in total of four games played against them in the Champions League so far.
The Reds have won two matches against Goncharenko’s side with the other two ending square.
In the 2015/16 season, United won at home riding on Wayne Rooney’s goal and drew at the VEB Arena.
In the 2009/10 season, United came with a 1-0 win away from home with a goal from Antonio Valencia and a hard-fought 3-3 draw at Old Trafford over CSKA.
United against Russian Opposition
United have lost only one match in total of the 11 meetings against Russian opposition. They have 3 wins and 7 draws in 11 meetings.
The other win excluding the two mentioned above came in last season’s Europa League against FC Rostov having a scoreline of 1-0.
Meanwhile, their only defeat came against Zenit St. Petersburg in the UEFA Super Cup in 2008 in Monaco.
Jonas Eriksson will be the man in the middle for the Champions League match between Manchester United and CSKA Moscow.
The 43 year-old will officiate all precedings in the Russian capital on Wednesday along with a group of Swedish officials.
Jonas will be officiating his second United match, the first being a 3-1 loss at the hands of Bayern Munich in the 2013/14 Champions League quarter-final second leg.
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