Basel vs Manchester United

Nov 23, 2017, 00:27
Basel vs Manchester United

That objective will be accomplished if United can score a point in Basel.

Manchester United came back to winning ways after that heartfelt defeat against Chelsea by conquering Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United 4-1 and the victory wasn't the only positive for the hosts.

"He affects our football", summarised United manager Jose Mourinho. Micki is not playing because we had lots of options for that match. No Carrick, no Pogba, no Fellaini and every match was Herrera and Matic and the kid McTominay had his opportunities to play.

Manchester United travelled to Switzerland in the knowledge that a point would be sufficient to secure their place in the Champions League knockout phase.

United's fans had invented a song for Ibrahimovic - their "Swedish hero" - before he had even made his official debut.

Jose Mourinho claimed Mkhitaryan's omission against Newcastle was down to tactical reasons and the fact that he wanted to play Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the same team.

In the reversed fixture, Manchester United beat Basel 3-0 and will hope for a similarly resounding result on Wednesday night.

Romelu Lukaku endured a quiet night but he nearly risked the wrath of his manager when he lost possession and Luca Zuffi fired narrowly wide.

"He (Pogba) links the team together", said the former United midfielder. "Lukaku is having to do a lot for himself, but Pogba will make the difference".

However, on 24th August 2017, it was announced that Ibrahimovic had signed a new one-year contract.

Jones aggravated a thigh injury on England duty and will also miss Saturday's Premier League game against Brighton at Old Trafford.

In the final round on December 5, Basel plays at last-place Benfica, which has lost five straight, and Man United hosts CSKA.

Manchester United have confirmed their starting side and substitutes to lock horns with Swiss giants Basel at St Jakob-Park in a Champions League group stage game this evening.

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