Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Ander Herrera likens FC Basel to Ajax

Ander Herrera likens FC Basel to Ajax

Paul Pogba admits that he "came to Manchester United to play in the Champions League" and can not wait to hear the anthem again.

Chris Smalling and offseason signing Victor Lindelof will start instead, while Lukaku makes his Champions League debut in the Group A match.

Manchester United centre-backs Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are suspended.

Mourinho said he had "no complaints" about how English football was set up and that he had the option to rest players.

With Manchester United runaway favourites to win on the night you might prefer backing the hosts with an Asian Handicap start.

"Being humble is to admit the opponent has the same ambition as we have and that the opponent can come here, like they did in the past, and give Manchester United a bad taste".

United's squad flourished in the Europa League and that will help somewhat - but Michael Carrick is the only Champions League victor in the entire squad, with Paul Pogba a losing finalist.

The Manchester United defence needs to be up to the mark today, as Basel boast of a star poacher in Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

"Real Madrid are on a different level: they won the last two Champions Leagues so it's a different reality".

The English Premier League has become perhaps the most attractive of the European leagues in recent years, with numerous most famous managers and players joining the ranks and boosting the competition's image.

Manchester United kick off their first game of the group stages on the 12th of September against Basel at home and should they win the 3 points, it may ease the pressure for future games.

Only Liverpool (5) have won more European Cup/Champions League titles than Manchester Utd (3) among English clubs. "I feel weaker without Marouane Fellaini in my squad".

Subsequently United failed to qualify for the Champions League in the following two seasons and they're back in the competition not due to their domestic league form but because they won the Europa League in May. I expect Mourinho to play a strong side and as a result that could mean a hard outing for FC Basel. But he is being kept around because United want to win the Champions League this season and he will be instrumental if they are to have any chance. "I am happy to see him again on field", he added.

Tottenham are not assuming Real Madrid will finish first in Champions League Group H, according to Mauricio Pochettino.

"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".

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