28 September, 2017
Jose Mourinho takes his Manchester United side to Russian Federation on Wednesday evening in the UEFA Champions League to face CSKA Moscow, looking to make it two wins from two in Group A. Fellaini is still feeling the effects of a heavy challenge from Southampton's Shane Long over the weekend with Carrick also joining him on the sidelines. Jose Mourinho is certainly getting things right in his second season in charge, as not only are his team keeping clean sheets, they are also scoring plenty of goals.
"But we're trying to improve that aspect and play more focused during the whole game and not start doing some fantasy football, as he said, or playing some PlayStation in the last 20 to 25 minutes".
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.
"Fellaini was lucky, it could be a much worse situation but in a moment where we don't have Pogba and (Michael) Carrick, Marouane becomes even more important than he always is", Mourinho said Tuesday.
CSKA Moscow are Champions League stalwarts, although Opta does tell us that they have failed to reach the knockout stages in their previous four Champions League appearances, and that the last time they made the Round of 16 was in 2011/12 when Real Madrid eventually knocked them out.More news: Hurricane Maria regains Category 5 strength, now heading toward Puerto Rico
"After Crystal Palace, there is the worldwide break and Belgium was the first team to qualify (for the 2018 World Cup), so (they are) not even under pressure for a special big match".
Manchester United are fuming over a tackle that has ruled Marouane Fellaini out of their Champions League trip to Moscow.
United fans will be taken to the stadium on official buses, which will pick them up from a designated hotel and then return them after the game is finished. Asides from the spectacular, he stuck to the basics throughout the match and was a constant source of reliability at the back for United.
One of the most recognizable players in CSKA Moscow - Igor Akinfeev has been a mainstay between the sticks for the Army Men since 2003 for the senior tea, having played his entire career at the Russian club clocking up over 500 official appearances.
CSKA also won their opening game in this season's Champions League. "So it's something normal in my Champions League career", Mourinho smiled.