Mission to Moscow

Wayne Rooney is injured. How annoying. (Tom Purslow)

Wayne Rooney is injured. How annoying. (Tom Purslow)

So Manchester United are traveling to Moscow to play CSKA Moscow in a Champion’s League tie this Wednesday and word is that several thousand starters will be unavailable. The mission’s status is yellow at this point.

Wayne Rooney, Park-Ji Sung, Patrice Evra, Darren Fletcher (will he ever get to play in Moscow? Seriously), and, perhaps most importantly, Ryan Giggs, all missed the the flight today with various injuries.

So what does that mean? It means that Sir Alex will likely take a defensive, counter-attacking approach in order to minimize the damage. Though Dimitar Berbatov and Nemanja Vidić made trip (and I expect them to play), they’re both recovering from injuries. And Vidić has to cover for Rio Ferdinand while he remembers how to play defense. Not good.

This is not to say that United are doomed. Perhaps the injuries are Fortuna’s wheel turning since the Red Devils have had so much luck in the Premiership. I really don’t know. I do think that Sir Alex will inspire a fine performance.

I’ll have more in the preview tomorrow, though.


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