Manchester United vs CSKA Moscow: Three players who must start

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho will most likely field a weakened side against CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night ahead of Sunday’s pivotal clash with Manchester City.

Manchester United need to avoid losing by five goals in order to top Group A after claiming four wins from five games.

The 54-year-old has confirmed that Nemanja Matic, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and David de Gea will all miss Tuesday’s meeting with Viktor Goncharenko’s men.

And with that in mind, here are three players who Mourinho must start against CSKA on Tuesday night.

Paul Pogba

The Frenchman will miss Man United’s next three Premier League games and, crucially, the Manchester derby this weekend – a massive blow to Mourinho’s plans.

But the boss can now place him at the centre of his side’s approach against CSKA. United are all but guaranteed to top their group but having Pogba in the middle ought to give them the clout they need to dominate proceedings throughout and set the tone for Sunday’s meeting with Pep Guardiola and Co.

Luke Shaw

As the weeks go by, Shaw’s prospects of making his mark at Old Trafford diminish at a painfully quick rate. He has only featured as a substitute in the Carabao Cup so far this season and his boss clearly doesn’t trust him.

Surely this is the perfect time for the Englishman to receive a run-out to tempt potential suitors in the January transfer window.

Axel Tuanzebe

Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof went to hell and back at the Emirates over the weekend and you imagine Mourinho will want to give them a rest ahead of this weekend, paving the way for Tuanzebe – who impressed against Swansea City last month – to further enmesh himself in the squad with 90 minutes at the back.

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