CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United preview

      Manchester United take on CSKA Moscow on a cold evening in Moscow. This is the second round of the group stages of the Champions League and our first away game in Europe. The match, as mentioned before, is in Moscow with fond memories attached to it we will look to extend our great start to the season and place one foot in the knockout stages.
      We pick up from our comfortable 3-0 win over Basel with goals coming for Lukaku, Fellaini and Rashford. CSKA will be a far tougher game owing to the conditions in Russia. The controversy was set as soon as the draws for the group stages were announced. Manchester United will be in Moscow on the same day as the Liverpool team who also happen to play a Moscow based team. There is going to be a burgeoning in the security and a set of rules have been drawn out for the players and fans alike.
      Moscow are second in our group only to us, by virtue of goal difference after they beat Benfica. A win tomorrow will give us a three point lead in the group, regardless of what happens in the game between Basel and Benfica. This will ease the pressure when we travel to Portugal in the midst of a busy October schedule. Right now, we are in the flow and after the game against Moscow, we play lowly Crystal Palace who are yet to score a goal in the Premier League this season.

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      The starting 11 is going to be tough to predict after what we have seen so far. But hey! Give or take one player, I have predicted rather efficiently. So let's get straight to it.

Goalkeeper: Without a doubt, this position goes to David De Gea. Last time I was a little skeptical if Jose would have gone with Romero but clearly he has set the Argentine for the Carabao Cup and the FA Cup maybe.So my goalkeeper for tomorrow is Big Dave.
Defenders: I'm going to change every player who played against Southampton because our defence in the league is very impressive and it is important to keep them fresh. I shall go for Darmian and Blind on the right and left flank respectively. Both are decent fringe players and will get the job done when called upon. I am going for the centre back pairing that started against Basel - Smalling, Lindelof. Lindelof looked shaky but that is how he is going to improve.
Midfielders: Here is the tricky bit. We know for certain that Carrick, Pogba and Fellaini haven't traveled with the squad. So in the midfield pivot I'm going for Matic and Herrera. I really wanted to rest Matic for this game but we don't have any other reliable option in midfield. I would like to see Mkhiaryan playing right in front of the pivot and deliver some defence splitting balls into the final third.
Forwards: Up front, I think Jose will go for Mata and Martial on either side of Lukaku. Martial can make his devastating runs on the left flank while Mata can deliver some killer aerial balls for Lukaku who is known for out-muscling defenders.

So my team is: De Gea; Darmain, Smalling, Lindelof, Blind; Matic, Herrera; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Lukaku

      About Moscow, they haven't had a great run and are without a win in two games. They are fourth in the Russian League and have only 20points from 11 games. This should not be a tough game for us, though the last time we visited them, we could not get a win. However, this time we have a great chance and I will be thoroughly disappointed if we don't get a win. Though we may not fire 4-5 goals past them, it should be an edgy 2-0 win for us. Come on you Reds!


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