Published: Thu, September 28, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

To Russia with love for Man Utd's Mkhitaryan

To Russia with love for Man Utd's Mkhitaryan

Going into Matchday 2 as the table topper, albeit on goal difference, Manchester United will start favourite as it travels to Russian Federation to face CSKA Moscow on the back of an impressive vicotry over FC Basel. The speedy attacking midfielder was born in Yerevan in January 1989 and speaks fluent, accent-free Russian.

They beat Basel 3-0 in their Champions League opener, but Mourinho criticised his players for playing "PlayStation football" in the game's latter stages and he warned the wheels could quickly come off if they lose focus. CSKA cruised past AEK Athens and BSC Young Boys in the Champions League qualifying rounds without conceding a goal, before claiming that potentially crucial 2-1 away win over Benfica in their first group game.

He's impressed with how the Premier League giants have strengthened their squad since Jose Mourinho took charge previous year.

"Manchester United" this season is a formidable force, which in most matches is not just won, but defeated rivals. Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia are also set to miss the trip against CSKA though they are not injured.

When CSKA Moscow manager Viktor Goncharenko sat down to assess the Manchester United squad, the Belarusian boss could have highlighted any number of players to worry about.

But speaking at a pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Goncharenko was hopeful the Brazilian will be ready to take his place in the team once again.

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Paul Pogba's absence will be sorely felt. "Paris have certainly given out a few more euros than us, but money doesn't score goals, quality on the pitch scores goals, good teams score goals", said Robben.

Russian Premier League runners-up in 2016/17, CSKA won two of their first three home games against English clubs, but none of the last five (D2 L3).

Belgium global Fellaini was added to the absentee list after a Shane Long tackle in Saturday's 1-0 win over Southampton injured his ankle and, with Carrick also missing, Herrera is set to start. Every time I come it's better, so I have to say that it's a pleasure.

"Opponent-wise, I think it's the best CSKA that I'm going to play against".

They have started the new domestic campaign in reasonable form, winning six of their opening 11 games and conceding only nine times, but already trail leaders Zenit St Petersburg by seven points and lie fourth also behind Lokomotiv Moscow and Krasnodar.

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