PREVIEW – CSKA Moscow facts

Our Reds head to Moscow this week for the first of our back-to-back Champions League fixtures against CSKA. Here are some quick points for you to get to know our opponent a little better.

  • CSKA were founded in 1911 as the Central Sports Club of the Army. They are now privately owned.
  • The Moscow club currently sits top of the Russian Premier League, with a record of 10-2-0. They were runners-up in last season’s competition.
  • We face CSKA on October 21 for the away leg, and November 3 at Old Trafford. These dates and locations match up exactly to the last time we faced CSKA in 2009!
  • Our leading scorer against the Red-Blues is… Antonio Valencia, with two. He scored the late winner in the 1-0 victory in Moscow in 2009 and also notched in the wild 3-3 draw at Old Trafford that followed. Michael Owen and Paul Scholes also scored in that one.
courtesy The Guardian
courtesy The Guardian
  • CSKA are managed by Leonid Slutsky, a former goalkeeper who had to quit playing at 19. He has been with the club since October 2009 – winning the Premier League, Russian Cup and Russian Super Cup twice each.
  • Slutsky does double duty since being named Russia manager in August 2015.


  • You can expect CSKA to line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. They have used this style in all of their matches this season.
  • Watch for the experienced centre-half pairing of Aleksey Berezutski [33] and Sergey Ignashevich [36]. The pair have more than 160 Russian caps between them.
  • CSKA are backstopped by Russian #1, Igor Akinfeev – who is also club captain.
  • The CSKA attack was made in Africa – with Ahmed Musa hailing from Nigeria and Seydou Doumbia born in Cote D’Ivoire. They have scored 11 league goals to date.
  • Serbian winger Zoran Tosic is a former Red, making 5 MUFC appearances before leaving Old Trafford.
  • CSKA share Arena Khimki with their rivals, Dynamo Moscow. The stadium opened in September 2008 and seats around 18,600.

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