Antonio Valencia scored the winner in Manchester United’s final trip to CSKA Moscow, and Juan Mata hopes he proves decisive once more.
Manchester United star Juan Mata believes Antonio Valencia will hold the essential to a Champions League victory against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
The Ecuador winger scored the only purpose of your game when United last visited the property in the current Russian Premier League leaders within the group stages in the 2009-10 season.
With Louis van Gaal’s side getting lost their opening away game against PSV last month, Mata hopes Valencia can offer some insight into inflicting a initial property defeat on Leonid Slutsky’s side this term to take them to six points from three games.
“We have 3 points right after the initial two weeks plus the game in Moscow could possibly be important,” Mata wrote in his weblog. “Defeating CSKA would give us momentum ahead of your last 3 games.
“I’ve been told that Antonio Valencia scored the winner for United the last time the group visited CSKA, so we will ask him for the key to beat them simply because they have not lost at house this season, both in the group stage and within the prior rounds.”
CSKA recorded a beneficial 3-2 win more than PSV on matchday two and maintained their advantage in the prime in the Russian table in the weekend having a victory more than Ural by the exact same scoreline.
For coach Leonid Slutsky, even so, a lack of control through those two game is placing unnecessary pressure on CSKA’s players.
“Unfortunately, we’re unable to handle the whole match in the moment,” he said immediately after the Ural win.
“Even these games, which went comparatively nicely for us, just like the game against PSV or today’s game, we turn these games into victories by a single goal. The score puts some stress on you in these conditions.”
A thigh injury signifies Vasili Berezutski is a doubt for the game, while midfielder Bibras Natkho is expected to be sidelined with concussion.
For United, Bastian Schweinsteiger is nursing a knee complaint, while Ashley Young (calf) and Paddy McNair (abdominal) are anticipated to become unavailable. Luke Shaw (broken leg) remains the only long-term absentee.
CSKA are at present enjoying their longest ever unbeaten run at residence inside the Champions League, getting won one particular and drawn two of their final three matches. United, meanwhile, will set a brand new record of their very own must they suffer defeat, as they’ve lost every of their last three away games within the competition.
English sides have usually enjoyed high-scoring affairs against CSKA – the final five encounters have created a total of 23 ambitions.