CSKA Moscow keeper Akinfeev admits Man Utd admiration
United boss Sir Alex Ferguson praised the Russia international for his performance on Wednesday night.
Akinfeev his clearest indication yet that the move would suit him and claims a friendship with Serbia defender Nemanja Vidic.
"I see in him (Vidic) as a very strong player," Akinfeev told Russian website Championat. "I think he made the right choice by going to England. And next to Rio Ferdinand, he will certainly learn many lessons.
"Everyone knows that United are a great club, who have won countless titles. The players in the team are at the highest level.
"You can say that we didn't deserve the defeat, but on the other hand, you can't win when you spend almost the entire match defending. We have to create chances at their end. At Old Trafford it will certainly be even more difficult than in Moscow."
Akinfeev is impressed with United's style, saying they don't conform to the normal stereotype of English long-ball teams.
"If you look at the forward line, it is clear that (Dimitar) Berbatov is the only tall player. (Wayne) Rooney, of course, is a very strong and athletic player, but likes to play with the ball at his feet.
"Owen also works on the ground and you can't say that the players on the wing just mindlessly pump the ball into the box at the first opportunity."