Ferguson: Plastic pitch no problem

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists he has no problem with his side having to play on an artificial surface against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday evening. The plastic pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium has raised question marks ever since England played Russia in October 2007 - with Steve McClaren's side losing 2-1 to effectively end the Three Lions' hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008. The Premier League champions return to the Luzhniki for the first time since their 2008 Champions League final triumph against Chelsea - which was played on grass. However, the 67-year-old Scot is adament the switch of surface will have no effect on his team's performance against Juande Ramos' side. "I have no issues with the pitch in Moscow. When Luton and QPR had them all those years ago we always played well on them," he said. "We had a great record at those artificial pitches and that was when the artificial pitches weren't as good. "The one in Moscow has a far better covering on it. "I watched CSKA's previous Champions League game and I didn't see any issue with it at all. It is a passing surface and we have good passers in our side." And Ferguson added that he was confident the Red Devils could maintain their 100 percent record in Group B, despite the loss of Wayne Rooney, Ryan Giggs, Darren Fletcher, Patrice Evra and Park Ji-Sung through injury. "They are a very young team and they deserved to win their game against Besiktas, so it should be a good game," he said. "But we're in a strong position ourselves after winning our opening two games and, if we can navigate the back-to-back games against CSKA, we're through, I think.

"The Champions League for a few years now has had a tremendous amount of quality in it. I think the Russian teams in particular have improved a lot in the last few years thanks to big investment.

"There are a lot of Brazilian players in Russia now. So you can expect a difficult game there."