Jose Mourinho has warned the only way Manchester United will maintain their impressive start to the season is if they are humble enough to admit they are not good enough to dominate every game.
"I thought the referee Craig Pawson had a great game", he said.
"I think that was last season".
"We don't have Fellaini, we don't have Pogba, we don't have Carrick".
This was a message that the manager hammered home to his Manchester United team even as they opened their campaign with a win at home to Basle. "I don't expect him (Fellaini) to be out for a long time, we have the global break after Saturday's game with Crystal Palace so I hope he can be back with us soon".
Speaking at a press conference before United's Champions League fixture against CSKA Moscow, the Armenian midfielder said: "Manchester United is a massive club and we are focused on trying to win this competition".
This comes after both Premier League clubs asked their fans to avoid walking by themselves in the Moscow streets, while Spartak, down their end, have urged their fans to not use pyrotechnics during the game.
Mourinho will be without Fellaini against Palace, but he will be allowed on the touchline after the Football Associated decided not to take further action against him following his sending off against Southampton for encroaching on the pitch. "I am working very hard in training, to be ready for Premier League games".
He said: "I don't want to scare anyone but I warn those who plan to come here not to support their side and see the country but to commit hooliganism: The law is the same for all, not just for Russians".
Given those comments the Belgian will be missed in Moscow on Wednesday as Manchester United look to extend their lead on top of group A.