Manchester United travel to Russia in midweek to face off against CSKA Moscow in the second game of their Champions League group stage. The Red Devils secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Basel in the curtain raiser earlier in the month, and Jose Mourinho will be hoping for a similar performance at the VEB Arena.
David de Gea has taken up the league and European duties since the start of the season, and he is likely to retain his spot between the sticks. Antonio Valencia was benched for the previous game versus Basel, but he could reclaim his place in the right-back spot. Ashley Young was regularly troubled during the 1-0 triumph over Southampton, and he could be replaced by Matteo Darmian on the left side of the backline. Taking the strongest lineup, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly will possibly replace Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof respectively at centre-back after serving their respective European bans.
Marouane Fellaini put in a man of the match performance with a goal and assist against Basel, and he looks a certain starter alongside Nemanja Matic at the centre of the park. Henrikh Mkhitaryan has been a revelation in his second at United, and he is likely to start in his preferred second striker role with Juan Mata and Anthony Martial likely to play on either side of him. Romelu Lukaku has bagged eight goals from his first eight outings for United, and he is a certainty to start in the striker’s role.