Manchester United v FC Basel


I might be a Red Devil but I don't think I'm being biased saying Manchester United will do the best, as the quality on their bench sets them apart. "There is reason for the others, Eric and Phil, to be anxious because he is a very good player". Especially at Old Trafford, where United play more dominantly than in away games.

Asked whether De Gea and Romero would share the duties in the Champions League, the United boss replied: 'No, I go match by match.

Mourinho admits United are perhaps not at the level of certain elite Champions League sides given that they have only qualified for the tournament twice in the last four years.

And the Spain global has reason to be confident, conceding only two goals in United's opening four games of the Premier League season.

Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof will start at the heart of Manchester United's defence when they host FC Basel on their Champions League return on Tuesday, manager Jose Mourinho has said.

The 54-year-old told reporters: "He's an important player for me - a lot more important than you can imagine".

"There was an evolution in the other clubs; there was no evolution in this club".

"So I don't know what the stats are but I'd argue that in general play they played more long balls than we did because they've got that threat and that's what they try to exploit".

Potential Manchester United Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Lindelof, Blind; Matic, Pogba; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Lukaku. "I always say the same".

Mourinho is taking part in the Champions League with a fifth different club after Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. "That's why I fought hard for trophies", said Mourinho who won England's League Cup and Europe's second-tier trophy, the Europa League, in his first season.

"It doesn't matter that he hasn't played Champions League before, he has scored goals and played in the best league in the world so he will score goals for us. I will go with David tomorrow again", the Portuguese coach said at the pre-match press conference, reports Efe.