CSKA Moscow v Man United:Nigeria's Aaron Samuel faces Devils
Champions League By: Linus Onyeze | 26/09/2017
Romelu Lukaku will hope to continue his good start to the season by firing another goal against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night.Manchester United will hope to continue their impressive start to the season when they visit CSKA Moscow on Wednesday in a match day 2 fixture of the Champions League.Both teams have started the competition well, with CSKA winning at Benfica on the opening day, while United secured a win at home against Basel.Previous Meeting• The teams were paired together in the group stages in 2009/10 and 2015/16, and on each occasion United collected four points from the two encounters.• United have never lost in Russia, and won the 2008 UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea FC at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.• It was on 21 October 2009 that the clubs met for the first time in Moscow, where United's Antonio Valencia scored the only goal after 86 minutes.• The line-ups at the Luzhniki Stadium were:CSKA: Akinfeev, Šemberas, Ignashevich, A Berezutski, V Berezutski, Odiah, Rahimić (Carvalho 90), Schennikov (Mamaev 62), Krasić, Dzagoev, Necid (Piliev 73).Manchester United: Van der Sar, G Neville, Ferdinand (Brown 57), Vidić, Fábio (Carrick 88), O'Shea, Valencia, Scholes (Owen 71), Anderson, Nani, Berbatov.• Valencia then got a 92nd-minute equaliser as United came from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 in the second instalment at Old Trafford on 3 November 2009. Vasili Berezutski and Alan Dzagoev were among the CSKA scorers.• Seydou Doumbia gave Leonid Slutski's CSKA a 15th-minute lead at home to United in October 2015, converting the rebound after David de Gea had saved Roman Eremenko's penalty, but Anthony Martial's 65th-minute reply gave Louis van Gaal's visitors a point.• The teams in Moscow on 21 October 2015 were:CSKA: Akinfeev, Mário Fernandes, Ignashevich, V Berezutski (A Berezutski 41), Schennikov, Wernbloom, Tošić, Eremenko (Panchenko 84), Dzagoev (Cauņa 87), Musa, Doumbia.Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Smalling, Rojo (Blind 64), Herrera, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger (Fellaini 46), Lingard (Depay 80), Rooney, Martial.• Wayne Rooney hit the only goal of United's home game against CSKA in the 79th minute on 3 November 2015. However, United ended Group B in third position, one place and four points above CSKA. Match backgroundCSKA Moscow• The Moscow club are in the group stage for an 11th time, and a fifth straight season.• CSKA have come bottom of their group in their last four UEFA Champions League campaigns. In 2016/17, having qualified automatically for the group phase, they finished behind AS Monaco FC, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Tottenham Hotspur FC in their section.• CSKA have, however, won all five of their European fixtures this term, the first four without conceding a goal, and triumphed 2-1 at SL Benfica on matchday one.• CSKA were without a win in their last five European home games before a 1-0 second-leg success over AEK Athens FC in the third qualifying round. Having beaten BSC Young Boys 2-0 in Moscow in their ensuing play-off, they have now won their last two home fixtures.• Their 2-0 first-leg triumph at AEK ended CSKA's run of ten European matches without a win (D4 L6). Meanwhile, the victory at Benfica was their first in the UEFA Champions League group stage since a 3-2 home win against PSV Eindhoven on 30 September 2015; subsequently their record had been D4 L6.• Russian Premier League runners-up in 2016/17, CSKA won two of their first three home games against English clubs, but none of the last five (D2 L3). Their overall record against Premier League teams is W3 D5 L9.• CSKA lost to Liverpool FC in the 2005 UEFA Super Cup, going down 3-1 after extra time in Monaco.Manchester United • United completed a clean sweep of European trophies with victory in last season's UEFA Europa League. The win against AFC Ajax in Stockholm added to their European Cup triumphs in 1968, 1999 and 2008 and their 1991 European Cup Winners' Cup success.• This is United's third European assignment this term, including the 2-1 loss to Real Madrid CF in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje on 8 August. That ended United's 11-match unbeaten run (W8 D3) since a 2-1 reversal at Fenerbahçe SK on matchday four of last season's UEFA Europa League. The defeat in Istanbul had been their fifth in nine European games.• United overcame FC Basel 1893 3-0 at Old Trafford on matchday one and are now seeking to extend a five-match unbeaten European away record (W3 D2) since that setback at Fenerbahçe.• This is United's 21st campaign in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and only four times have they failed to make the next round. Two of those eliminations came in their last four participations; the English club finished third in their section in both 2011/12 and 2015/16, their last appearance.• United were paired with Russian opposition in last season's victorious UEFA Europa League campaign, drawing 1-1 at FC Rostov in their round of 16 first leg – Henrikh Mkhitaryan on target – before Juan Mata scored the only goal of the Old Trafford return.• That made United's overall record against Russian clubs W3 D7 L1; away it is W1 D4 L0.• The Red Devils' sole defeat against Russian opponents came against FC Zenit in the 2008 UEFA Super Cup, Sir Alex Ferguson's men going down 2-1 at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.Coach and player links• Marcos Rojo played for FC Spartak Moscow between 2010 and 2012, scoring against CSKA in a 2-2 draw in an Under-21 Premier League match.• Romelu Lukaku struck both goals in Belgium's 2-0 friendly win away to Russia on 17 November 2010, with Marouane Fellaini also in the team; Igor Akinfeev, Sergei Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutski, Alan Dzagoyev and substitute Viktor Vasin, who was making his debut, featured for Russia.• Akinfeev, Ignashevich, Vasili Berezutski and Dzagoev were also in the Russia team beaten 1-0 by Fellaini and Lukaku's Belgium in the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage.• Zlatan Ibrahimović scored in Sweden's 1-1 friendly draw in Moscow in 2002.• Matteo Darmian was in the US Città di Palermo side beaten 3-0 at home and 3-1 away by CSKA in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League group stage.• Ashley Young was in the Aston Villa FC team that drew 1-1 at home to CSKA in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup round of 32 first leg, the English club going on to lose 3-1 on aggregate.Match factsCSKA Moscow• Vasili Berezutski's first goal for 11 months set the Army Men en route to a 2-0 home victory over FC Rostov on 16 September.• CSKA lost 1-0 after extra time to Avangard Kursk in the Russian Cup round of 32 four days later – their first away defeat since the 3-1 reverse against Tottenham on matchday six last season.• The Army Men drew 0-0 in Saturday's capital derby at FC Dinamo Moskva.Manchester United• Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are available after completing one and three-game suspensions respectively.• United are eight matches unbeaten, winning seven of them, since the loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.• The Red Devils registered their third 4-0 league victory of the season when they defeated Everton FC at Old Trafford on 17 September. A much-changed team then ran out 4-1 winners at home to Burton Albion FC in the English League Cup three days later.• Marcus Rashford, on target twice against Burton, has scored six goals in his last eight appearances for club and country.• Romelu Lukaku's goal in Saturday's 1-0 win at Southampton FC was his sixth in six Premier League games for United. He has scored in his last six games for club and country.