Morgan Schneiderlin could miss Manchester United’s crunch Champions League match against CSKA Moscow tonight.
Schneiderlin played the full 90 minutes of United’s 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday but missed the open part of the squad’s final training session before their meeting with CSKA at Old Trafford.
Antonio Valencia and James Wilson, who were left out of the stalemate at Selhurst Park through injury, also missed the session.
A win over CSKA will keep United on course for qualification to the knockout stages. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw when they met a fortnight ago in the reverse fixture. United have failed to score since Anthony Martial’s diving header in the Arena Khimki.
Louis van Gaal’s side drew 0-0 in the Manchester derby and recorded the same scoreline against Palace.
United also crashed out of the Capital One Cup to Middlesbrough on penalties last week following a goalless 120 minutes against the Championship club.
Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany believes it is a joke that UEFA is investigating Manchester City over the booing of the Champions League anthem.
City were reported to the European governing body under regulations concerning the “disruption of the competition anthem” after fans jeered during its playing prior to last month’s home game against Sevilla.
The clubs meet again this eveing in the reverse fixture in Spain.
Kompany thinks City fans have every right to protest in the way they have and points out players sometimes have to deal with far worse booing.
The Belgium defender said: “It’s a joke. We have played many games in Europe where there has been racial abuse and we have had to put up with it.
“And there have been times when we have been sanctioned in the same way as the team that was actually perpetrating those chants.
“In Moscow we weren’t allowed to have any support inside the stadium. I don’t see what our fans did wrong.
“I have experienced it as well when I was a kid playing a Anderlecht, certain games in Europe where you had a lot of racial abuse. So in that sense this is not justifiable - there is nothing holy about the Champions League anthem.
“UEFA can do what they want to do, but in the end if people feel it’s the right thing to do, they have the right to do it. How else can they show their frustration and somehow have a voice that matters?
“The fact that we were given the sanction is actually drawing more attention to what they are trying to do. We support our fans.”
UEFA opened disciplinary proceedings after the matter was mentioned in the report of the match delegate at the Sevilla game on October 21. It will be considered at a meeting of the disciplinary body on November 19 and a charge could follow.
Before then, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have more pressing matters as they return to Champions League action with their return clash against Sevilla on Tuesday.
City now have six points in Group D – one behind leaders Juventus – after back-to-back wins over Borussia Monchengladbach and the Spanish side.
Kompany is determined to maintain the momentum and help City establish themselves among the European elite.
The 29-year-old said: “For us as players, it’s the last thing we have to achieve in order to prove we have become a big club.
“In England it is undoubted that over the last four or five years we have been amongst the top teams, but in Europe that has not been the case yet.
“I do understand why the Premier League is so important as it is so hard to win, and I understand we have to go to the next level in Champions League. It’s easy to say but very difficult to do.
“We will be patient but if we have a good day we can beat any team. Hopefully we can go to Seville with a positive attitude.”