Man Utd v FC Basel: Hosts set to make thrilling winning start

MANCHESTER ENGLAND – AUGUST 13

They've netted 12 times in their opening seven league games of the season, making them the second-highest-scoring team in Switzerland.

United are entering a hectic part of the season with matches in the Premier League, Champions League and Carabao Cup coming thick and fast, which will require Mourinho to make full use of his squad in these competitions.

Basel will look to exploit a potential weakness at center back for United, with Phil Jones and Eric Bailly — the starting combination in the Premier League — both suspended. He is a classic Mourinho player with a physical presence and charisma.

Meanwhile, the Manchester United boss will also be without the services of his two first-choice centre-backs on Tuesday.

"We can't be happy with the results, especially the last one, but we're not going to change the way we work, just as we didn't past year".

But he will face Basel in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday as both Bailly and Jones complete European suspensions for a red card against Celta Vigo and verbally abusing a doping official after the Europa League final win over Ajax respectively.

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

The Portuguese manager cited examples of defending champions Real Madrid and Juventus, who could rest players for their league games when competing in the later stages of Europe, which would be impossible for any team in England without sacrificing their league aspirations.

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.

We have seen Man United play in a 4-2-3-1 this season. Man United is unlikely to have much trouble getting through in a group that features Benfica, FC Basel and CSKA Moscow.

"I don't think Bailly and Jones are better than Smalling and Lindelof".

He said: "To be back in the Champions League is just to go back to the natural habitat for Manchester United".

Blind started United's first three league games of the new campaign at left-back, as they made a blistering start with victories over West Ham, Swansea and Leicester. Darmian replaced the Dutch global for the 2-2 draw away to Stoke.

"We have to try to qualify and go to the last 16 and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe", he told a news conference.

'The structure that Conte set up last season with three at the back clearly works as they won the title and they have added a few players in midfield.

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