Manchester United won the 2008 Champions League final in MoscowManchester United travel far east to Russia for their upcoming Champions League group stage match. They will be up against CSKA Moskva at the Arena Khimki in Moscow.The Red Devils have happy memories of the city, where they famously defeated Chelsea in the 2008 Champions League final at the Luzhniki Stadium.But, a lot of time has gone since the triumph. And, everyone is aware of the fact that there is a huge difference between the team that went to Moscow in 2008, and the one which reached Moscow on Tuesday.Moreover, playing against the home team in such tough conditions is an altogether different proposition.Following are 5 reasons why the boys from Old Trafford should be wary of Moscow.
#1 Weather in Moscow
Winter is as severe as it gets in Russia as we all know. And when you travel to Russia, especially during the latter half of the year, things can get real tricky.
The Red Devils travel from Manchester to Moscow, and the difference in temperature and conditions will be drastic.
The match kicks off at 21:45 local time, and according to the weather forecast, the temperature at that time will most likely be below zero degrees in Moscow. Whereas, in Manchester the temperature will barely fall below 15-degree celsius tonight.
Such an incredible difference in the temperature can adversely affect players’ performances as seen countless times before. The United goalkeeper, David De Gea, who is arguably the most integral part of the team, will certainly have a hard time keeping himself warm. Outfield players will have to make certain changes in their approach as well, to beat the opponents and the cruel conditions in Moscow.