Tuesday, October 20

CSKA Moscow (a)

CSKA Moscow
UEFA Champions League
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Wednesday October 21
Kick off 20:30 local time, 17:30 UK time

Top 5 match facts:
- United have never played CSKA Moscow.

- United have never beaten a Russian team. They've played five matches against Russian opposition, most recently losing to Zenit St. Petersburg in the Super Cup in August 2008.

Before that, there were two draws each in the UEFA Cup with SC Rotor Volgograd in September 1995 (2-2 home, 0-0 away) and with FC Torpedo Moscow in September 1992. Both games ended 0-0 and Moscow won 4-3 on penalties.

- CSKA have played English opposition seven times. They've won two, drawn two and lost two. The most recent was a UEFA Cup last 32 win against Aston Villa in February

- CSKA are managed by former Spurs boss Juande Ramos

- Vidic can expect a hostile reception if he plays. He spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons with CSKA's arch-rivals FC Spartak Moscow and scored against CSKA in a 2-1 defeat.

United: Rooney (calf) is missing, as are Giggs and Evra who picked up knocks against Bolton.

Darren Fletcher is also not making the trip to Russia and neither is Park. Berbatov and Vidic are doubtful, but should start.

The remaining squad is:

GK: Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Foster

DF: Neville, Rafael, O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Brown, J Evans, Fabio

MF: Valencia, Scholes, Carrick, C Evans, Anderson, Nani

AT: Owen, Berbatov, Macheda, Welbeck.

The probably starting line up will be:
CSKA Moscow from:
GK: Evgeni Pomazan, Igor Akinfeev, Artur Nigmatullin

DF: Šemberas, Ignashevich, Berezutski, Odiah, Berezutski, Schennikov, Grigoriev, Ćosić

MF: Carvalho, Dzagoev, Mamaev, González, Krasić, Aldonin, Piliev, Rahimić, Oliseh, Zameshaev, Kudryavtsev, Stolyarenko, Dragunov

AT: Maazou, Guilherme, Oseni, Necid, Zabolotni

The referee will be Claus Bo Larsen of Denmark, who works as a customs clearance manager. He was the ref who disallowed Paul Scholes's 'goal' in the Super Cup final with Zenit but, on a happier note, he was also in charge when United beat Arsenal in the semi final first leg last season.

Odds with Ladbrokes:
CSKA Moscow: 11/4
Draw: 23/10

United: 4/5

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