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Mourinho hopes Fellaini recovers in 2 weeks for Man United

28 September 2017, 12:11 | Bernice Figueroa

GETTY Nemanja Matic and Marouane Fellaini were in the wars for Manchester United at Southampton

Matic Fellaini

With Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini absent due to hamstring and ankle problems respectively, Mourinho was concerned to discover that his central midfield options diminished further today by an injury to Michael Carrick.

"He's not under pressure in a big match for Belgium so I hope he'll be back with us", Mourinho said.

The Belgian has been in red-hot form since his big money move from Everton and has subsequently racked up six goals in six games in the Premier League, scoring eight in eight in all competition.

"I think there is an episode in the first half (against Southampton) that could transform a game (Fellaini injury) because we are winning one-nil when that happened because we could have controlled game easily, in the second half we have to be humble". He had a great performance. No camera for Craig and he made that decision.

With several key players missing, Mourinho has urged his team to show patience in Russian Federation.

"We are trying to improve that aspect and be more focused for the whole game and not play some PlayStation in the last 20 or 25 minutes". "I expect Fellaini not to be out for a long time".

"We try to play well and in some moments of the match, if the opponent has moments of superiority, we have to be humble - like we were against Southampton - and cope with the hard moments of the game. There's no pressure on him [in the worldwide break] so hopefully he'll be back for us". Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera are most likely to start, but Scott McTominay also has a chance of featuring after boarding the plane.

However, it will be a tough ask for United to continue their run in Russian Federation against fellow Group A opponents, who also won their first Champions League match of the season.

The 35-year-old Aleksei Berezutski, who plays alongside his identical twin brother Vasili in a three-man backline, remains one of CSKA's most accomplished defenders, and will provide a tough challenge for United striker Romelu Lukaku. "When the opponent has a strong moment, you have to cope with it".

United boast an unbeaten record against CSKA, having won two of the four meetings, with the other two matches ending all square.

CSKA Moscow are Champions League stalwarts, although Opta does tell us that they have failed to reach the knockout stages in their previous four Champions League appearances, and that the last time they made the Round of 16 was in 2011/12 when Real Madrid eventually knocked them out.

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