Smalling and Lindelof start for Man Utd against Basel

Smalling and Lindelof start for Man Utd against Basel

The game will be the first appearance in the Champions League for Lukaku since August 24, 2010, when he appeared, and scored, for Anderlecht in the second leg of an eventual loss to Partizan on penalties in the second leg of the playoff round.

Mourinho's predecessor Louis van Gaal was sacked, despite lifting the FA Cup, due to a failure to qualify for the competition.

"That was quite an empty period in this club with no evolution in areas that are important", added the man who has taken United back to the top of the Premier League early in the new season.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has urged his team-mates to remain "humble" as they prepare to make their return to the UEFA Champions League.

United will kick off the Champions League campaign on Tuesday, with tickets still available to buy.

But for the United manager, he is simply focusing on getting out of Group A ahead of Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow. While Mourinho's team remains some way from being able to compete with Europe's best, the quality in the squad means anything but winning Group A will be seen as somewhat disappointing. In addition to that, the over 2.5 goals also look appealing since Manchester United are full of goals and we are getting a good price on the bet.

"But no complaining this is what we have, we have squads and if we think they're exhausted we play with other players".

Atletico Madrid has reached the final twice in the past three years, losing both times to Real Madrid, while Chelsea - the 2012 European champion - is the current English champion and has recovered after an uncomfortable start to the Premier League.

It wasn't so long ago that Swiss team Basel possessed a reputation for being a scourge of English clubs in European competition.

Spartak, which won the Russian Premier League, is in the group stage for the first time since 2012-13, while Slovenian team Maribor is the big outsider in its third attempt to reach the knockout stage.

"Apart from that there many teams in Champions League who are very similar to teams in the Europa League". "There are really strong teams in England and really strong teams in Spain but it's true, in England, we normally never have a break in December and January".

The Sweden worldwide, a €35million signing from Benfica, has not made an appearance since a hard debut in the 2-1 UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.

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United's staff say Lukaku genuinely believes he will, one day, become the best striker in the world.