They didn’t have it all their own way, under the cosh for the majority of the second half, but Manchester United dug in to secure another three points against Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Now, José Mourinho’s men turn their attention to the Champions League and the task of a long away trip to take on CSKA Moscow; the Portuguese manager would be delighted with another 1-0 victory.
The Red Devils have made a fine start to 2017/18, sitting joint-top of the Premier League and with a win in their opening Champions League fixture against Basel two weeks ago.
The narrow victory over the Saints at the weekend was a result and performance often said to be indicative of genuine contenders: getting three points without playing particularly well. It was also the kind of showing that Mourinho has made his trademark over the years.
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United will again be without star man Paul Pogba, whose hamstring injury is likely to keep him out until November, and Marouane Fellaini is also ruled out, leaving Mourinho a little short of midfield options.
The Portuguese has decided to rest a handful of key players, such as Antonio Valencia and Phil Jones, so expect a much-changed XI from that which overcame Southampton.
New striker Romelu Lukaku is likely to start, however. The former Everton man took his tally for the season to eight goals from eight games at St Mary’s Stadium, and he’ll be hoping to keep his good run going in Russia.