Manchester United vs FC Basel 12 September 2017: UCL Preview and Prediction

Manchester United vs FC Basel 12 September 2017: UCL Preview and Prediction

Manchester United vs FC Basel 12 September 2017: UCL Preview and Prediction

When players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Breel Embolo were sold in recent years, they were often replaced by shrewd acquisitions like Mohamed Salah, who left Basel for Chelsea after his goals beat the current English champion four years ago.

Mourinho had admitted that Lindelof needed more time to settle in England, being the reason why he never started any of the Premier League matches.

Suspensions to first-team centre-backs Phil Jones and Eric Bailly mean Chris Smalling and new signing Victor Lindelof will deputise in their absence. He is a classic Mourinho player with a physical presence and charisma.

Manchester United are back amongst Europe's elite and will be looking to start strong and send a message out to the rest of the teams in competition.

Monaco, last season's surprise semifinalist, is the top seed but has been hurt by the departure of key players like Kylian Mbappe, Bernardo Silva and Benjamin Mendy this summer. Jones, on the other hand, is suspended for two European matches for verbally abusing the Doping Control officer following United's 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final earlier in May.

Still, we are finally going to see Lindelof in a Manchester United shirt in a match that actually matters. It is more comparable to the Portuguese style. "There are reasons for Eric and Jones to be anxious". "I feel weaker without Marouane Fellaini in my squad".

The side are unbeaten in the Premier League, and striker Romelu Lukaku has already bagged four goals in four games.

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'It doesn't matter if it's on the pitch or on the bench, if his condition improves, he will be selected because I need him'. Man United is unlikely to have much trouble getting through in a group that features Benfica, FC Basel and CSKA Moscow.

Mourinho had said last month before the start of the season that the Sweden global was not yet ready for the Premier League, and said that the player needed time to settle down.

'We have to try to qualify, we have to try to go to the last 16 and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe'.

Elsewhere, RB Leipzig will make their Champions League bow against last season's semi-finalists Monaco, the Ligue 1 champions shorn of numerous stars who fired them to glory in France previous year.

"Along with Real Madrid they are favourites to win the Champions League", Allegri told the BBC.

Nevertheless, Real Madrid don't play until Wednesday evening and there are some belting games for us to concern ourselves with before then...

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