Manchester United will take on CSKA Moscow in 4th matchday of Champions League this tuesday night at Old Trafford and this is a game where Louis Van Gaal side can not afford to lose. United can tighten their grip on qualification to next round with a win against CSKA which will put them on 7 points after 4 games. BT Sports will broadcast the game in the UK while FoxSports will show the match live in the USA.
Manchester United dominated the home game against CSKA but failed to take chances in the first half and it looked increasingly unconfortable for United in second half as they game wore at 0-0. CSKA Moscow hit United on counter and superb defending from Smalling helped United keep CSKA away which lead to Rooney scoring on the other end in 79th minute. United go top of the group with 7 points and they need 1 win in the last 2 games to qualify for next round.
Manchester United 1-0 CSKA Moscow – Match Highlights
[ UEFA Champions League 2015-16 ]
79′ 1 – 0 Wayne Rooney
Extended Highlights: (English, 14 minutes)
Short Highlights: (English,5 minutes)
Manchester United made hard work of CSKA Moscow in their away game where they went behind early on in the game but a goal from Martial in second half earned a 1-1 draw which is a good result considering United will play 2 home matches in last three games.
Anthony Martial turned from zero to hero with a second half diving header to earn valuable 1 point for Manchester United in their champions League group game against Russian outfit CSKA Moscow. Home side had taken the lead early in first half when Anthony Martial handled the ball inside the box and CSKA were awarded a penalty which was saved by De Gea but Doumbia scored on the rebound to get his side in the lead.
CSKA Moscow 1-1 Manchester United – Match Highlights
[ UEFA Champions League 2015-16 ]
15′ 0 – 0 Roman Eremenko (pen.)
15′ 1 – 0Seydou Doumbia
65′ 1 – 1 Anthony Martial
CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United Preview: CSKA Moscow are a tough nut to crack at home and having already beaten PSV couple of weeks ago they will be confident of getting a positive result against United. Manchester United however look far more resiliant side this season under Louis Van Gaal and their performance against Wolfsburg where they cam from behind to win 2-1 at Old Trafford should restore confidence in players.
Van Gaal dont have any fresh injury concerns after Everton game apart from Bastian Schweinsteiger who is doubtful for Moscow trip. Ashley Young is also sidelined with calf injury while Luke Shaw is out for best part of this season. Valencia should return to starting lineup after missing out against Everton while Rooney and Martial to play upfront alongside the likes of Mata and Herrera in attacking roles.
CSKA Moscwo will be without the likes of Vasili Berezutski and Bibras Natkho but rest of the squad is fit with Musa, Dzagoev and former United player Tosic are expected to playing attacking roles. This is how I expect both teams to lineup going into todays match.
Match Predictions: Last time both teams meet was back in 2009-10 season when United earned an important 1-0 win away in Moscow while the game at Old Trafford was a goal glore with CSKA leading 3-1 most of the game only for United to comeback in typical fashion getting two goals in last 5 minutes to earn a draw. This game however is a different story with United not the same team anymore and I can expect a tough game for Manchester United but they should have enough quality to atleast get a draw. Match Highlights will be available after the game.