Carrick, Fellaini Missing From Manchester United
Manchester United face a midfield crisis as they head into their Champions League clash with CSKA Moscow on Wednesday. Both Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini will be missing from the United side so manager Jose Mourinho admits he will have to change his tactics for the game with the runners-up from last season’s Russian Premier League.
Paul Pogba is already out with a hamstring injury while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo continue their recoveries from long-term injuries.
“I won’t have Fellaini, I won’t have Pogba, we won’t have Carrick, so all three midfield players that we lose for this match,” Mourinho said at his pre-match press conference on Tuesday.
“So there are not many solutions, but we try not to focus on individual battles or in specific areas on the pitch. We try to focus on the globality and we are going to have a team with quality, with balance, to try to win the match which is our objective.”
Fellaini will also miss Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace at Old Trafford after being taken down during Saturday’s win at Southampton by a challenge from the Saints’ Shane Long. Mourinho said the Belgium international was fortunate not to have sustained a serious injury.
“It was only when I saw it on TV that I realised that Fellaini was very lucky. I do not expect him to be out for long.”
The Manchester United manager added that he expects a tough game from CSKA, a side he has faced with three of his previous clubs.
“I play against CSKA with Real Madrid, with Inter, with Chelsea and now with Manchester United, so it’s something normal in my Champions League career,” he said.
“To be honest, I always like to be back because Moscow is a beautiful city. Every time I come it’s better and better and better so I have to say that it’s a pleasure.
“Opponents wise, I think it’s the best CSKA that I’m going to play against. I think it’s the best team that I face with CSKA as an opponent.”