José Mourinho tells Manchester United playtime is over before tricky Moscow trip

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho

The second round of fixtures of the Champions League continues on Wednesday as Manchester United look to maintain their good start to the season by securing three points against last season's Russian Premier League runners-up CSKA Moscow.

Though Mourinho and co. have had a rip-roaring start to the season, winning seven of their last eight games, the busy next four days will have to be endured without some absentees.

"The characteristic of a great club is if they lose some kind of top players, they can substitute their absence for other strong players", said the CSKA boss, who hopes to have Mario Fernandes available after concussion.

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.

The big Belgian picked up an ankle injury during United's 1-0 win over Southampton at the weekend.

Mourinho did not reveal what the injury was to 36-year-old Carrick, who has made just one appearance this season. After, I watched it on television - no camera for Craig - and he made that decision, so decision made.

"We don't have [Marouane] Fellaini, [Paul] Pogba or [Michael] Carrick", he told the press.

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Fellaini did not travel with the squad for Wednesday's group stage tie because of the injury that has infuriated Jose Mourinho and his staff. "Hopefully he will be back for us".

"We are going to have a team with quality, with balance and to try to win the match", he added.

The United juggernaut is back up and running in a way that has not been seen since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club. He was so calm, so much in control.

Mkhitaryan, 28, scored on their previous visit to Russian Federation in March, his away goal at FC Rostov paving the way for a 2-1 aggregate win in the Europa League last 16.

CSKA lie fourth in the Russian Premier League table, after being held to a 0-0 draw at neighbours Dinamo Moscow on Saturday. I'm not saying Mkhitaryan starts the match tomorrow.

United take on CSKA in the Champions League tonight. In fact, Igor Akinfeev has failed to keep a clean sheet in his last 40 games (excluding qualifiers), the longest ever run for a goalkeeper in the competition.

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