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

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The trio of Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick and Maroune Fellaini will be absent in the game against CSKA due to injury.

With two of his star players sidelined, we're expecting Jose Mourinho to name a makeshift midfield and play in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

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The player will not take part in tomorrow's game, having picked up an injury, but said the trip to Moscow did throw up the opportunity to reconnect with his Russian following from the Armenian diaspora.

'(Nemanja) Matic-Fellaini is one of type of the game, Matic-(Ander) Herrera are a little bit different characteristics.

Mkhitaryan had missed United's win over Southampton in the League Cup final through injury and his goal-scoring turn against Ajax supplied a golden end to what had initially been a hard maiden campaign.

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Mourinho has also confirmed that defender Phil Jones will miss the game in Moscow.

"He understands me and, to be honest, I understand him", Mourinho said last month. Fellaini had been the direct replacement of Pogba in the United line-up so far. Moyes may have failed in the managerial dug-out but his two signings - Juan Mata was the other - have proved impeccable. Midfielder McTominay, 20, featured heavily during the club's pre-season campaign and featured in the 4-1 win over Burton in the Carabao Cup last week, as reported by the Sun.

As for his own team's strengths, Goncharenko commented: "I have no doubts that we have a lot of experience and class".

CSKA Moscow are winless in their four previous games against Manchester Utd (D2 L2), all in the Champions League group stages (2009/10, 2015/16). A draw may not be such a bad result.

However, Mourinho's side will travel without key midfielder Marouane Fellaini after the Belgian was ruled out through injury. "It is normal in my Champions League career".

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 is probably true but this was another example of Jose Mourinho being ever so humble.

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