Manchester United missing midfielders for CSKA Moscow clash
Jose Mourinho without Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick for Champions League clash
September 26th, 2017
Manchester United have enjoyed a strong start to the season and look like they are back among Europe’s top clubs, although they are missing key personnel for Wednesday’s clash against CSKA Moscow.
Paul Pogba continues to be sidelined, while Marouane Fellaini is out until after the international break after sustaining an injury against Southampton which came as a result of a bad challenge from Shane Long.
Michael Carrick is also absent from the squad that headed to Russia this week, with Mourinho admitting that he doesn’t have too many midfield options although Ander Herrera is likely to start alongside Nemanja Matic in the engine room.
“We don’t have Fellaini, Pogba or Carrick, so all three midfield players we lose for this match, so the solutions are not many,” said Mourinho in a pre-match press conference.
“But we try not to focus on individual battles on the pitch, we are going to have a team with quality and balance to try to win the match, which is the objective.”
Fellaini sustained his injury during United’s narrow 1-0 victory over Southampton over the weekend when he was on the receiving end of a tough tackle from Shane Long.
“For me Craig Pawson is one of the big referee talents in England,” Mourinho added. “He was so calm and in control, I think he had a great performance.
“It was only when I saw it on TV that I realised that Fellaini was very lucky [not to have a serious injury].
“I do not expect him to be out for long.”