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Red Devils Champions League line up v CSKA Moscow?

Red Devils Champions League line up v CSKA Moscow? Red Devils Champions League line up v CSKA Moscow?
Kristopher Love | 05 December, 2017, 16:46

The surprise defeat to Basel last time out was a disappointment but United have done enough in their previous four games to put themselves in a position where they should still progress as group winners.

United need only avoid a heavy defeat against the Russians to ensure they top Group A and book their place in the draw for the last-16 on December 11.

United are also unbeaten in 20 European home matches - winning 16 times in the process.

He appears destined to leave United with in the January transfer window or next summer having failed to convince Mourinho he can cut it at Old Trafford.

However, the 23-year-old appears to have grown in confidence in recent weeks after earning a recall to the first team and the Sweden global has now featured in each of United's last four victories in the league - including the 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates on Saturday. Manchester United lead the group stage by three points, and will get through unless they lose by a large amount of goals.

United boss Jose Mourinho will rest Zlatan Ibrahimovic with one eye on the weekend clash with leaders Manchester City. In their previous meeting in this edition of Champions League, the English giants thrashed the Russians 4-1 away from home.

Who's into the knockout stage?

Mathematically United need a point to secure first position in Group A, but Mourinho will be looking for all three - and an impressive performance to match - ahead of the huge Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon.

Centre back Phil Jones trained on Monday but was ruled out by Mourinho along with Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nemanja Matic.

Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata are also in line to feature from the start, but Romelu Lukaku should continue in the final third of the field. Pontus Wernbloom and Bibras Natchko are suspended.

However, Jose Mourinho has hinted that the Swedish striker could make it back to face City in the widely anticipated Premier League fixture.

With Manchester City already assured of top spot, Shakhtar Donetsk and Serie A high-flyers Napoli are fighting it out for second in Group F.