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Man United's Eric Bailly ready for 'dream' Champions League debut

28 September, 2017, 00:29 | Author: Carla Brady
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"I do not expect him to be out for long". Jose Mourinho's men have transformed it into a lethal attacking unit that possesses the strength to dismantle any defence line.

"We are trying to improve that aspect and stay more focused during the whole game and not be doing fantasy football or PlayStation, as he said, in the last 25 minutes".

"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.

The Red Devils are in Moscow for game week two of the Champions League to face CSKA Moscow in what could be United's toughest away group game.

With Belgium already qualified for the World Cup, Mourinho hopes Fellaini will be rested during the global break next week.

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. "Hopefully he'll be back for us".




Rio Ferdinand has urged Manchester United to take a "humble" approach to the Champions League, and use the experience this season as a learning curve.

However, their UEFA Champions League fixture tonight isn't going to be an easy outing at the Russian capital against CSKA Moscow.

If United start slowly, CSKA can easily come out with at least a point from the game with the side they have.

"Because Man United are a big club we want to win the competition and we are going to do everything we can to go as far as possible and to win the competition".

United have met CSKA on four previous occasions in the Champions League group stage, winning twice and drawing twice during the 2009/10 and 2015/16 seasons.

Fans of Russia's Spartak and CSKA football clubs will conduct a Gentlefan welcoming event for their United Kingdom counterparts who come to Moscow to watch UEFA Champions league group stage matches, according to the Russian Football Union website. Liverpool's opponents were last week fined €60,000 by Uefa and their fans banned from Spartak's next Champions League away fixture in Sevilla after a flare was sacked towards the referee during their 1-1 draw with Maribor in Slovenia.

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