Champions League: CSKA Moscow-Man Utd

With midfielders Paul Pogba and Michael Caraick already unavailable to United due to injury, the timing of Fellaini's absence will frustrate Mourinho and he admits his options are now limited for the game in Russian Federation.

"We can not guarantee this line of success, but the way to try to keep it is to do what we are doing", said Mourinho, whose side won 1-0 at Southampton in their most recent game on Saturday.

CSKA Moscow are expecting a tough Champions League battle against what head coach Viktor Goncharenko believes is the best Manchester United side since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

Meanwhile, CSKA Moscow are sitting third in Russian Federation, four points behind leaders Zenit, already losing three times from the 11 games they have played. "They are all missing for this match". United have great memories of Moscow after they won their third Champions League title here in 2008 against Chelsea in a penalty shootout.

United, who are unbeaten this season and are joint top of the Premier League with Manchester City, are in confident mood for Wednesday's tie although they will again be without Paul Pogba, who suffered a hamstring strain against Basel and could require surgery.

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"I've worked very hard to get a place in the Premier League games and I must continue to train hard to convince the manager he can trust me to play Premier League games". "So I think it's a mixture of our quality and to try to be dominant, like we want to be always, but accepting the reality of high level football, that when the opponent has a strong moment, you have to cope with it". "There's no pressure on him [in the worldwide break] so hopefully he'll be back for us".

With that in mind, here are three players who must start against CSKA on Wednesday night.

Most recently, in the 2015-16 Champions League group stage, the English club drew 1-1 in Russian Federation, while a Wayne Rooney strike was enough to hand them a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho's men eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory over FC Basel in their opening fixture, with CSKA Moscow also winners, seeing off Benfica 2-1 in Portugal. "So it's something normal in my Champions League career", Mourinho smiled.

In a statement on the club's website on Monday, United said: "All supporters must use the official bus service provided, and we ask that you ensure your behaviour is impeccable at all times".

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