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Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini out of CSKA Moscow clash

28 September 2017, 12:29 | Stacy Ballard

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I think if United go in there with the right attitude, which I'm sure Mourinho will get across to the players come the time of kick-off, then the Red Devils should have too much for CSKA Moscow.

"It's a long trip with two hours of time difference that will demand a quick adjustment".

Coach Jose Mourinho has acknowledged the plight of his team but expects the young front to take control of the situation.

"We are trying to improve that aspect and be more focused for the whole game and not play some PlayStation in the last 20 or 25 minutes".

But the Portuguese will have to do it without a number of key players: Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones and Antonio Valencia are all unavailable.

With Paul Pogba out with a hamstring injury, Fellaini had emerged as Mourinho's go-to man in central midfield, with the United boss having placed his faith and trust in the Belgium worldwide.

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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.

CSKA beat Benfica 2-1 in Lisbon in their opening Champions League match and lie fourth in the Russian Premier League with six wins from 11 games.

"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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