Manchester United will be looking to end their goalscoring drought when they face Russian side CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
In this fourth round fixture in Group B, victory for CSKA would see them overtake United, leaving Louis van Gaal’s side outside the qualifying places with two fixtures remaining.
But a win for United could see them go top of the group, if Wolfsburg leave PSV Eindhoven empty handed.
The Red Devils have failed to score in 325 minutes of football with their last goal an Anthony Martial header in the reverse fixture.
Since that game a fortnight ago, United have drawn 0-0 in their last three outings. These came in the Manchester derby, against Middlesbrough in their League Cup exit and most recently when they faced Crystal Palace.
The Old Trafford faithful have witnessed a shadow of the team they are used to seeing and the current team’s style has even been questioned by club legend, Paul Scholes.
United fans have been heard chanting ‘attack, attack, attack’, but Lvg knows that this is a fixture where the three points is more important than how they do it.
CSKA have had contrasting fortunes in the league where they are currently undefeated in their last 10 matches.
In the Champions League they have picked up four points, including all three against PSV, a point against United but leaving Wolfsburg empty handed.
The last time these two sides met at Old Trafford in the Champions League was back in 2009, which saw them play out a 3-3 draw.
Michael Owen, Paul Scholes and Antonio Valencia scored for United that night, all of which are now either retired or injured.
Many will be interested to see whether Van Gaal sticks with Wayne Rooney as a striker or whether he opts for Anthony Martial. Most will be hoping for the latter as the England captain has failed to produce this season.
One man who has managed to perform in this year’s group stage, despite being left out of the starting line-up in the reverse fixture, is midfielder Juan Mata.
The Spaniard has scored one and assisted one in his two appearances in Europe’s elite competition this season and will definitely be hoping to start at Old Trafford.
CSKA have the dangerous Seydou Doumbia up front, who has scored three goals in his last three Champions League appearances.
Van Gaal’s injury list includes Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw, Memphis Depay and most recently, Morgan Schneiderlin, who are all ruled out.
CSKA are set to be without key midfielder Roman Eremenko who will miss out due a groin injury.
Group Position: Man United- 2nd (4 points); CSKA Moscow- 3rd (4 points)
Last Meeting: Man United 1-1, October 2015.
Key Men: Man United- Anthony Martial; CSKA- Seydou Doumbia
Form: Man United- DDDDWL; CSKA- DWLWLW
Shoot Says: Man United 2-1 CSKA Moscow