Juan Mata has warned Manchester United team-mates to expect a tough challenge from CSKA Moscow in his side’s second Champions League group stage match.
United continued their unbeaten run in the 2017-18 campaign with a close-fought 1-0 win at Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Devils have won five of their six Premier League games so far this season to sit level on points with league leaders Manchester City.
United were 3-0 winners against Swiss giants Basel in their Champions League opener, courtesy of goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford.
CSKA Moscow also enjoyed a positive start to their Champions League season with a 2-1 win over Portuguese side Benfica.
United midfielder Juan Mata was part of the Chelsea squad that won the Champions League title under Roberto di Matteo in 2012 thanks to a penalty shootout victory over Bayern Munich.
And the former Blues midfielder has some words of advice for his United team-mates ahead of their long trip to Moscow, Russia.
“CSKA Moscow is a classic in European football,” Mata wrote on his personal blog.
“They won all their games in the two previous ties before the group stage, which they have started with an extraordinary victory in Lisbon.
“Needless to say, it’s going to be a very difficult game, as they all are in the Champions League anyway.
“We know how excited you are about this competition and we will give everything we have to live up to your expectations.”
Manchester United are looking to win the Champions League title for the first time since 2008.