Having garnered just 4 points in their opening 3 matches of the on-going Champions League, Manchester United will be hoping to add to the tally when they face CSKA Moscow during the week in the 2nd leg encounter against the Russian giants. Their hopes however could be dashed as they are likely to be without the needful services of midfielder, Morgan Schneiderlin who has been ruled out through injury. The France international and former Southampton defensive midfielder has unarguably been the pivot of the Red Devils’ midfield this season, and his absence is no doubt a concern for the coach.
Morgan’s contributions to United this term has been nothing far from excellent, and has shown in the recent games against Palace, City and Moscow how he has been helpful. The box-to-box player has combined his defensive and attacking abilities so well that the only important fixture he missed resulted in a heavy loss. The French ace not played against Arsenal, and they suffered their heaviest defeat up-to-date in the 3-0 thrashing. He has now joined the likes of Antonio Valencia, Paddy McNair and James Wilson on the injury sidelines.
Van Gaal will now have to stick with either Michael Carrick or Bastian Schweinsteiger if Schneiderlin is eventually ruled out. But he can’t field the ageing duo, as their lack of pace can backfire against a strong CSKA team. One of Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini are better options to pair one of them as their attacking qualities have been splendid so far, and will no doubt come handy in a much needed win of a match. United are currently joint 2nd on the table with the visiting team, 3 points behind group leaders, Wolfsburg.