Confirmed Starting XI: CSKA Moscow vs Man United – Martial starts

Manchester United’s Champions League campaign continues with their first European away trip of the season. The opponents, CSKA Moscow of Russia and no doubt they’ll provide a stern test for Jose Mourinho’s boys.

The starting XI is in, and to my surprise, the manager has rung the changes. What’s most interesting is the fact that it looks as though a new formation will be employed, judging by the personnel out on the pitch. Tonight could be the first time we see the five-at-the-back in action.

Check out the XI here:

David de Gea starts with three centre-backs in front of him. Both Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling come into the side, with Eric Bailly making his first Champions League appearance for the Red Devils. Ashley Young captains the side, with Daley Blind playing on the left.

A midfield two of Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera has a lot of potential in my opinion, and it’ll be a good test for them to see how they do this evening.

The front three is where things get exciting. The pace of Martial, added to the creativity and trickery of Henrikh Mkhitaryan and the brute force of Romelu Lukaku looks great. It seems like Mourinho is going for the counter-attacking style that is often so deadly across the continent.

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