Manchester United 1-0 Basel: Follow all the stats and action LIVE
- Autor: Ricardo Clara Set 12, 2017,
Set 12, 2017, 23:02
Bailly and Jones were at fault for both goals in the 2-2 draw and if Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is enough to make their knees wobbly - this is a man who scored three times for Schalke last year - one wonders what European's elite can do. Also, he is the first choice in a new, post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic Sweden era.
Jose Mourinho has mentioned that David de Gea will earn a starting berth, meaning last season's allocation of Sergio Romero for the Europa League matches, will not possibly be seen this season. They have become a mainstay in the Champions League, and are usually a difficult out.
They couldn't have hoped for a gentler return than Basel. Smalling has slipped behind England team-mate Jones in the pecking order, while Lindelof's only competitive appearance since his summer move from Benfica was shaky - albeit all-conquering Real Madrid were the Super Cup opponents in Skopje. It is worth noting that in the post-Alex Ferzhnov era, and this is already the fifth season in a row, MJ can not beat the "potters" on the road. Players such as Ricky van Wolfswinkel should ring a bell with Premier League fans, and the team has a solid academy that regularly produces good prospects.
"The Champions League has a different feeling to it, compared to other competitions".
Lukaku will be hoping to put down an early marker and prove his Champions League credentials when United open their 2017-18 group stage campaign with a home date against Basel on Tuesday.
Although Young is primarily a winger, he has been deployed at full-back in recent years, which has shown his value as an important squad member under Jose Mourinho.
"In all the areas that make a team successful, I think we stopped in time".
"I think it's easier for him to play Champions League, it's more comparable to the Portuguese style of football, to the football in the Portuguese League".
Antonio Conte's side will open their group stage campaign against Qarabag on Tuesday, with the Azerbaijani underdogs paying a visit to Stamford Bridge. Ander Herrera played alongside the pair for Saturday's combative 2-2 draw at Stoke City, but the tenacious midfielder's qualities may not be required on a night when United are expected to dominate the play. It's definitely a time for Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic to show everyone what is required of them.
"He is so hungry, he wants to win things, he wants to score goals and he wants to be important".
'There are many teams in the Champions League that are very similar to teams in the Europa League, ' Mourinho said.
"They're put together, PSG, to win this competition".