CSKA Moscow v Man Utd Venue: Luzhniki Stadium Date: Wednesday 21 October Kick-off: 1730 BST Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online, with text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobile phones. Also live on Sky Sports
United enjoyed Champions League success in Moscow in May 2008
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has played down concerns over CSKA Moscow's artificial surface ahead of Wednesday's Champions League tie.
United return to the Luzhniki stadium 17 months after beating Chelsea to win the trophy after a penalty shoot-out.
Despite England losing on the pitch in a Euro 2008 qualifier two years ago, Ferguson said: "It is a passing surface and we have good passers in our side.
"I watched CSKA's last European game. I didn't see any issue with the pitch."
The Old Trafford outfit are currently on top of Group B with CSKA in third place on goal difference.
With the hosts having already seen off Besiktas on the plastic surface in their previous Champions League match, Ferguson and his players will leave nothing to chance in the Russian capital.
Wayne Rooney, still recovering from a calf injury, was part of the England team who lost to Russia 2-1 on the same plastic surface during their dismal European Championships qualifying campaign in 2007.
However, Ferguson, who in the same press conference in Moscow refused to answer a question relating to his Football Association charge for comments about referee Alan Wiley, remained confident of coming through this tricky tie on such a pitch.
"When Luton and QPR had them all those years ago we always played well on them," the 67-year-old Scot added.
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