Tomorrow, Manchester United play their final Champions League group game against CSKA Moscow. Barring disaster, the Red Devils will top the group and progress to the knockout stages in great shape.
Ahead of that match, Jose Mourinho met the media to give us all some insight into the game against the Russian giants. Amongst the topic of conversation was Paul Pogba. While the gaffer refused to comment on whether United appealed his ban, he did confirm that the 24-year-old midfielder will start against Moscow at Old Trafford, per journalist David McDonnell.
— David McDonnell (@DiscoMirror) December 4, 2017
On top of that, McDonnell also confirmed that Sergio Romero will start in goal, with David de Gea getting some well-earned rest on the back of one of the best goalkeeping performances I’ve ever seen in my life.
This is purely speculation, but, the fact that Mourinho is playing Pogba in this game tells me that United have either not bothered appealing the suspension, or they don’t feel confident that it’ll be overturned. Otherwise, why risk the Frenchman in what is a meaningless fixture?
Although the United boss has confirmed two starters, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a whole host of changes. Hopefully, the likes of Scott McTominay and Axel Tuanzebe come into the side as I’m eager to see more of the talented duo.