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

Juan Mata could, thus, start another game on the bench, as should Anthony Martial.

For FC Basel, a visit to Manchester and Old Trafford is all too familiar and should bring back happy memories. I have some players without that great experience.

"Last season, after the first game at home against Monaco, it was hard to change the dynamic".

The 28-year-old added another assist to his tally against Stoke City over the weekend, despite spending most of the game anonymous on the right hand side.

We pick out the three main talking points below ...

This comes despite the fact that Real Madrid barely strengthened in the summer. "That's the theory but football is not theory". There's no question about that - the quality that they have and what they've been building over the last few years.

However, he says he would gladly accept a repeat of his past meetings with Basel if it meant United reached the last 16.

This is United's 21st appearance in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and only four times have they failed to make the next round.

'Lukaku worries me a bit as the most important thing in Champions League football is ball retention and to kill the game, especially if you get a goal in front. Victor Lindelof is yet to make a matchday squad for Jose Mourinho this season, but that is all set to change on Tuesday night, as he is set to make his Champions League debut for the Red Devils.

"I think we're 10th after the games today and that's where we see ourselves". Ricky van Wolfswinkel is a very good striker, he is our number one up front and I hope we will be able to score some goals tomorrow. Now I feel really strong, really confident. We have a high level of motivation and we want to show that on the pitch.

Just take a look at how he was utilised in the Europa League last season. But before that Basel played a draw with the middle peasants 1: 1 against Sion and Lugano.

But manager Mourinho is adamant it would be a huge blow if the former Everton player fails to play tonight - though his taking part in training yesterday seemed to at least give him a chance.

"Last year we got off to a bad start". Elimination of Tottenham in the Europa League quarterfinals a season earlier.

United are, after all, the Premier League's closest rivals to Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich - the Champions League's three dominant clubs - in terms of stature, scale and spending power.

"But I think the level is more or the less the same".

  • Julie Sanders