United returned to the competition after a season in the Europa League with a 3-0 win over Basel in their opening game in Group A earlier this month, and take on CSKA Moscow in Russian Federation on Wednesday. "After Crystal Palace there is an global break and Belgium, having already qualified for the World Cup, he's not under pressure for a special big match for them, so hopefully he'll be back for us". "And we are going to have a team with quality, with balance". "Hopefully he'll be back for us".
Jose Mourinho opted to field a strong-looking starting XI for tonight's clash, with the usual suspects back in the mix to face the Russian hosts.
The other thing that is in United's favour going into the game is the fact they haven't lost any of the previous four meetings with CSKA.
"Fernandes is a true fighter, we know that, so if there is a little chance he will take this chance and play, the likelihood that he will play is very high", the CSKA head coach said.
The 28-year-old was instrumental in Manchester United's emotional Europa League victory last season, scoring the second goal in a 2-0 win over Ajax in the final in Stockholm and says that honor has motivated him to achieve victory in this season's Champions League.
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