Manchester United a 'giant side' – Slutsky

Louis van Gaal’s side remain one of the strongest teams in the Champions League, according to the manager of Wednesday’s Group B opponents CSKA Moscow

CSKA Moscow head-coach Leonid Slutsky insists Manchester United are a “giant side” ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League meeting.

United returned to the Champions League this term after missing out last season following a dreadful 2013-14 campaign under David Moyes.

The Scot’s successor Louis van Gaal steered the Premier League team back into European football’s premier competition last term, and Slutsky is in no doubt that they remain one of the biggest clubs on the continent ahead of the Group B clash in Russia.

“We have played a lot of games against big clubs – some have gone well, some a little worse – so we’re ready,” the CSKA boss told a press conference on Tuesday.

“These back-to-back matches are always crucial; we have to respect our opponents and be aware that we are up against a giant side, but we have the right to hope for a positive result.

“We have a team with plenty of experience”

Memphis Depay was among the players benched by Van Gaal for Saturday’s comfortable 3-0 victory at Everton in the Premier League but Slutsky feels that whoever the Dutchman selects for this week’s game will make United a formidable opponent.

“[Manchester] United made several changes for their last Premier League game, but I don’t think that was anything to do with playing against us,” he added.

“I think they will have a similar line-up to the one that faced Everton. United are a top club regardless, and whoever plays for them will be very strong.”

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