Champions League updates from Old Trafford

Romelu Lukaku scores for Manchester United versus Stoke

Romelu Lukaku scores for Manchester United versus Stoke

United manager Jose Mourinho confirmed he is unsure whether Marouane Fellaini will be fit. Basel have made a disappointing start to their domestic campaign, and sit three points adrift of league leaders Young Boys after seven games.

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

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says Cristiano Ronaldo is "very focused" on getting back to what he does best by playing in Wednesday's Champions League Group H opener at home to Apoel Nicosia.

Basel have never progressed further than the Last 16 in the Champions League (2011/12, 2014/15). I missed it a lot last season.

Goalkeeper David De Gea can be replaced by so-called "Best substitute GK" Sergio Romero. In the time since United's last appearance at this level, Manchester City have graced the last four too and their appetite is still not satisfied.

Nonetheless it appears an important night for Lindelof as the Sweden defender, signed from Benfica for £31m, starts his first game at Old Trafford.

"What interests me is that everyone can play". Taulant Xhaka and Ricky van Wolfswinkel are the pivotal figures in his squad, with the Albanian midfielder in charge of dictating play from the centre of the park, while the former Norwich striker is the form player for Basel. Marcus Rashford is yet to make an appearance.

Zidane admitted his side felt pressure as favourites aiming to be the first team to win three consecutive European Cups since the 1970s but his side were used to knowing they had to win each and every game. This is a flawless opportunity for them to win their first game back in the big time and I am sure Jose Mourinho will be expecting his team to challenge on both domestic and European fronts.

If Manchester United were to lose this game at home, fans will be extremely disappointed and become very anxious.

It is well known, but worth pointing out that neither Manchester United or Chelsea played Champions League football last season.

Those worries got worse on Saturday when Karim Benzema limped out of the 1-1 draw against Levante with a knee injury that will keep him out of action for around six months. The German side won 5-1 on aggregate.

Each and every Monday during the season, Manchester United star Juan Mata pens a personal blog. Against Basel though, the Swede can change all that when he comes up against the Swiss champions.

"Even if Bailly and Jones were not suspended, probably I would still play Lindelof and Smalling", Mourinho added.

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs believes the addition of a player of Gareth Bale's calibre would make the Red Devils true contenders for the Champions League title.

Basel might look an easy game for United on paper, but lately, Basel is in a good run of form.

The Hard Tackle, therefore, predicts Jose Mourinho's men to kick start their Champions League campaign with a bang - a 2-0 win.

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