CSKA Moskva's Akinfeev recalls United classic

With CSKA Moskva hosting Manchester United this week, Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev reflects on their last meeting – a dramatic 3-3 draw in November 2009.

Akinfeev on United rematch
Akinfeev on United rematch

Igor Akinfeev is preparing to face Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League for the first time since enduring a "horrible" night at Old Trafford in November 2009.

With CSKA Moskva leading 3-1 with six minutes remaining, goalkeeper Akinfeev – who hitherto had enjoyed an impressive evening – was beaten by a late Paul Scholes header and Georgi Shchennikov's own goal as the Army Men were denied a famous win.

CSKA host Louis van Gaal's men on Wednesday and the 29-year-old Russia No1 is hoping for a better ending to the first of back-to-back Group B matches against United. "I have some horrible memories, because they managed to draw from 3-1 down and they created a lot of chances," Akinfeev told UEFA.com.

"I am not trying to diminish Manchester United's success in any way, but they had a very strong team at that point. Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney were there, Edwin van der Sar was the goalkeeper, a lot of stars, so maybe they got scared by the fact they were losing at Old Trafford."

Hear more from Akinfeev by watching the video above.

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