CSKA relishing clash with United

New CSKA Moscow coach Leonid Slutski cannot wait to get his claws into Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Last Updated: 02/11/09 at 19:42

Slutski: New CSKA coach

Slutski: New CSKA coach

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Slutski joined the Russian side on a three-year contract last week after former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos was sacked.

Slutski arrives with a growing reputation, having built on his work at FC Moscow by guiding FC Krylya to sixth spot and a European spot for the first time in their history last season.

Now he has an even bigger challenge, although not as big as the one he faced as a 19-year-old when his playing days were ended in bizarre circumstances.

"It is true," he shrugged.

"I got the injury at 19 when I was climbing a tree looking for a neighbour's cat.

"I ended up as a hero in my village because I saved the cat. Unfortunately, I also fell out of the tree and injured my knee. It was awful because I had hardly started my career."

Slutski can smile about the incident now but out of such a harrowing turn of events, the 38-year-old has risen to his present position as the next manager to lock horns with Sir Alex Ferguson.

Beaten at the Luzhniki Stadium a fortnight ago, CSKA are unlikely to prevent United sealing their place in the knock-out phase with two matches to spare.

However, Igor Anikfeev has plenty of reasons to impress having been linked with a move to United during the January transfer window.

"I have heard the speculation but it is just talk, nothing else," he said.

"I cannot look at this match from a personal perspective. The career of every footballer grows from such games.

"We are playing a legendary team in a legendary stadium. It will be an inspirational game, the most important in our careers."

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