Manchester United go in to their Champions
League clash with CSKA Moscow hoping to put
their poor form behind them.
The formerly-famous-for-free-scoring United have
failed to notch in their last three games in all
competitions, their last goal coming against
tonight’s opponents in a 1-1 in Russia.
Three scoreless results in a row has led to criticism
from all corners over the supposedly dull football
Louis van Gaal gets his side playing and he’ll want
to silence these doubters.
However, it won’t be quite so simple against a team
who historically enjoy a trip to Manchester.
It’s a well known footballing cliche that clubs don’t
like travelling away to Russia or any Eastern
European state, for that matter, due to the logistical
nightmare it could entail.
On the other hand, CSKA don’t seem to be vexed by
making the same journey in reverse, only losing
one of their last three Anglo-excursions.
Six years ago today is the last time the two sides
met met at Old Trafford, playing out an exciting 3-3
draw that goal-starved Theatre of Dreams goers
must be pining for.
The hosts had to come back from 3-1 down on that
occasion, with a Paul Scholes strike in the 84th
minute and a last gasp own goal denying the
Russians all three points.
Leonid Slutsky’s men also have also savoured
success when visiting the blue half of Manchester,
prevailing at the Etihad in the group stage of last
season’s Champions League.
Seydou Doumbia scored twice in that game, and
already has 11 goals in 13 across all competitions,
including one against United in the corresponding
fixture, so the hosts will need to be wary of the him
and learn from their noisy neighbour’s mistakes.
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