Manchester United v FC Basel 1894: Champions League Preview

Manchester United v FC Basel 1894: Champions League Preview

Manchester United will kick off their 2017-18 UEFA Champions League campaign on Tuesday, when they host Swiss champions FC Basel at Old Trafford in Group A.

The duo helped United keep three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League before their flawless start to the season ended with a 2-2 draw at Stoke City on Saturday.

Lindelof played previously in the Champions League with his former team Benfica. In the second leg match, Basel stunned Manchester United by a 2-1 win at home ground.

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The club were on course to suffer the same fate last season when they finished sixth in the Premier League, but they were guaranteed a spot in the elite competition's group stage after winning the Europa final.

This season, United have arguably their best squad since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager and they now occupy first position on the Premier League standings. Atletico Madrid have reached the final twice in the past three years, losing both times to Real Madrid, while Chelsea - the 2012 European champion - are the reigning English champion and have recovered after an uncomfortable start to the Premier League.

"I think in the Champions League there are four or five teams with an incredible level, quality, experience, know-how, and that's what makes the difference", he said. It was a tight affair, with Stoke content to sit deep and ask the Red Devils to break them down.

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No wonder United manager Jose Mourinho sounded a note of caution when Basel was drawn as a group-stage opponent in this season's Champions League.

With UEFA Champions League football on the horizon, we take a look at how all the English sides will fare on the European stage. Then the fact that we have to play many times with two days before the big matches in Europe, while other countries protect their clubs. He has shown that despite whatever frailties his team may have, he knows how to find the back of the net.

I will head northbound instead to Manchester for the night's best bet and Paul Pogba in the anytime scorer market at 9/4. He may have been branded a Premier League flop during an underwhelming stint with Norwich City but, on the European mainland, it is a very different story for a striker averaging more than a goal a game.

"But we are strong, we are playing well, we have good confidence in ourselves".

The 22-year-old Lindelof has struggled to make an impression since arriving at Old Trafford from Benfica in the summer but Mourinho believes the young Swede will rise to the occasion this evening.

"Portuguese football is more comparable to the Champions League than the Premier League".

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