Louis van Gaal believes that tomorrow's Champions League battle with CKSA Moscow is Manchester United's chance to turn their season around.
A 0-0 draw at home to Crystal Palace was the Old Trafford side's third successive game without a goal, the first time in 11 years that the side have played out three successive scoreless draws.
Tomorrow at Old Trafford they have a confident CSKA side who dew 1-1 at home to United last month and who extended their lead at the top of the Russian league table with a 2-0 win before their departure to Manchester last night.
Van Gaal admits that his side need a win to stay in contention in the Champions League and stave off an early exit but he denies that United's players now have a mental block due to their goal-less streak.
"I cannot see that," he says. "When I see their characters, I don't think they have doubts about that quality. It can change in one match - let that be CSKA, because we need a victory.
"I have to hope we score against Moscow again because then we are talking in a different way."
CSKA boss Leonid Slutsky, who was touted as a possible successor to the under-fire Jose Mourinho over the weekend, has played down United's recent form.
"You can't say that a team with such quality footballers is weak.
United have had chances in their games, they just didn't take them," he said.