Van Gaal Promises Goals Against Musa’s CSKA, Schneiderlin Doubtful

Van Gaal Promises Goals Against Musa’s CSKA, Schneiderlin Doubtful

Louis van Gaal believes his side can turn around the win-less fortunes in Tuesday's Champions League tie against Ahmed Musa's CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.

Manchester United drew goalless in their third successive match when they were held at Crystal Palace on Saturday and the attention now switches to a key midweek fixture against the Russian league leaders who are unbeaten in their last five games. 

The Reds must beat CSKA to keep alive their dreams of qualifying for the knockout stages of Europe's premier competition and Van Gaal assures there will be no pressure on his team to deliver.

"I cannot see that. When I see their characters, I don’t think they have doubts about that quality. It can change in one match – let that be CSKA, because we need a victory," Van Gaal told the official United website.

He insisted he was also not concerned to hear chants from the fans urging the side to attack during the second half on Saturday.

"I think the right of the fans is always there [to voice their opinion]," he said. 

"The first time that we were not the better away team was against Arsenal so I think they have seen it very good. They can sing that [attacking chant], but in the next game maybe they shall sing in another way."

United's last goal came in the previous meeting with CSKA Moscow on 21 October, when Anthony Martial equalised with a diving header in the 65th minute.

"I have to hope we score against Moscow again because then we are talking in a different way," van Gaal added.

Meanwhile, United could be without four players for the fixture after they all missed Monday's training.

They include Morgan Schneiderlin, Antonio Valencia, James Wilson and Paddy McNair.