Manchester United have named their travelling squad for Wednesday's (21 October) Champions League tie with CKSA Moscow. United face back-to-back games against the Russian champions over the next three weeks in Group B with all four teams finely poised on three points each. While his side face a huge clash with Manchester City awaiting on Sunday 25 October, van Gaal is expected to name a strong line up for tomorrow's match.
Midfielder Jesse Lingard retains his spot in the squad with Ashley Young still unavailable due to a knee injury while Paddy McNair is also absent after suffering an abdominal problem while on international duty, while James Wilson is absent due to illness.
Antonio Valencia and Sergio Romero are also back among van Gaal's options. The duo were left out of the squad that beat Everton on Saturday (17 October) after featuring for Ecuador and Argentina respectively during the international break.
United return to the city where they won the Champions League in 2008 in need of a positive result. The club suffered a shock defeat in their opening group game to PSV Eindhoven in September, a game where they also lost Luke Shaw to injury. Van Gaal's side bounced back against Wolfsburg, however, coming from behind to seal a 2-1 win at Old Trafford.
Although a Manchester derby awaits on Sunday (25 October), van Gaal has indicated he will name a similar line up the one that won so emphatically at Goodison Park. "I am not stupid. I won't change too much on Wednesday," van Gaal said.
United face six games over the next 18 days with their Capital One Cup fourth round clash with Middlesbrough next Wednesday (28 October) before their return leg against CKSA in Manchester six days later.