To Europe! Saturday’s win over Southampton wasn’t spectacular, but it was a handy showcase for Manchester United’s defensive resilience, and another one of those games that might, in the last couple of seasons, have ended in a draw. So we can probably assume that United have headed out to Moscow in relatively decent spirits ...
... and just as well, since there’s a minor crisis of bodies to be taken care of. In midfield, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini are missing, along with medium- to long-term absentee Paul Pogba. Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia, who have both been impressive this season, did not train ahead of the game.
Like United, CSKA won their first game in Group A, mounting a 2-1 comeback victory away at Benfica. As such, a win here would put United firmly in control of the group, and even a draw wouldn’t be a disaster. Perhaps the real note of intrigue will come in the performance, from what will have to be a reshuffled team. We know the first team’s in decent shape. Time to see how the squad’s looking.
Champions League schedule
Kick of is at 19.45 in the UK, 14.45 on the east coast of the USA, and 11.45 all the way over on the west. Good morning to you all from the future.
Champions League TV channel
BT Sport 3 in the U of K, Fox Sports 1 in the US of A. Everybody else, head over to livesoccer for all the relevant info.
Champions League streaming
BT Sport’s streaming app will carry the game in the UK, and Fox’s service will do likewise in the USA.
Predicted line-up: honestly, no idea.
Oh, fine. Let’s go with ... David de Gea; Matteo Darmian, Chris Smalling, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind; Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic; Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford; Romelu Lukaku.
Here we go. Eight out of 11, which isn’t too bad. We might have got the formation wrong, though — that looks like a back five to us.
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