UCL Group Stage Preview: Manchester United vs FC Basel

UCL Group Stage Preview: Manchester United vs FC Basel

September 12, 2017 at 21:45, in the opening match of the first round of the group stage of the most prestigious club tournament of the Champions League Manchester United at the stadium "Old Trafford" will play against the Swiss Basel.

Stoke are the only side to have scored against United this season but there will be a new look back four for the visit of Basel with Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling in for the suspended Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.

United, on the other hand, saw their 100% record in the Premier League come to an end at the weekend when Stoke City held the league leaders to a 2-2 draw at the Bet365 Stadium.

"Every game is fantastic for Manchester United for me but the Champions League is the most handsome competition apart from the Premier League", he said on his club's official website. The last time United lost at Old Trafford was on March 5, 2013, when they lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in the second leg of the round of 16.

"Manchester United have been there season after season".

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United are returning to Europe's elite club competition after a one-year absence, having won the Europa League last season. "For some players, it's the chance to play Champions League for the first time".

"In the Champions League there are four or five teams with an incredible level of quality, of experience, of know-how and that's what makes the difference". He became the self-anointed "Special One" in 2004 by leading Porto to an unlikely Champions League win and six years later would lead Inter to the same title at a time when few outside of the blue-and-black half of Milan gave them much hope of going deep in the competition. We won the Europa League but we were not in the Champions League, so we have to respect every opponent. On the left it's Anthony Martial's turn to begin the match (whilst Marcus Rashford will be the impact sub) and on the right, creative impresario Henrikh Mkhitaryan would also be a sub as Juan Mata comes in to add match control and a savvy understanding of the Champions League (he is the only player in this squad with a winner's medal).

"In all the areas that make a team successful, I think we stopped in time".

Former Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel opened the scoring for Basel from the penalty spot but things unravelled in the second half. [At Chelsea] we had one of the best central defenders in the Premier League's last decade, Ricardo Carvalho, and when he arrived from Portugal he was in trouble a little bit to adapt.

Meanwhile, Wicky is expected to set his side up defend deep to thwart the Manchester United attack at bay, while attacking themselves on the counter in order to take a shock result away from Old Trafford. They are certainly not on the same level as Real Madrid, Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain, but topping a group containing Basel, CSKA Moscow and Benfica is a must. "There are reasons for the other boys, Eric and Jones, to be anxious because Victor's a very good player".

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