Manchester United v FC Basel

Victor Lindelof training with Manchester United

Victor Lindelof training with Manchester United

The Spain global is delighted United have returned to the senior European competition, saying: "It's good to be back in the Champions League at Old Trafford".

Neymar made it his big goal to win the Champions League with Paris Saint-Germain after securing his world-record transfer from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million) in July. The Portuguese manager shed some light on the situation during his press conference on Monday.

"If they get their tails up and start to get that belief they've had in the Premier League for the past couple of years they can certainly go very close", he said.

Before this season then, post-Ferguson United had a grand total of six Champions League appearances that can not be attributed to the success of the Scot's final side. There are a lot of games scheduled for this month and we will need the help of every single player in order to win as many games as possible. 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.

Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has surprisingly singled out Romelu Lukaku as potentially the club's biggest weakness in the Champions League. They have not won in their last three matches heading into the clash against United.

United will kick off their European campaign with a group match agains Basel at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

'It's a very different task to playing in the Premier League where he is undoubtedly one of the best strikers of the past five years.

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.

The struggles of English clubs in the Champions League in recent years have been well-documented.

Luke Shaw and Ashley Young continue their recovery process, and both players should return to first-team duties sooner than later.

Now, Basel's best offseason signing is a player who already failed to meet the Premier League's standards.

- Dani Alves has more goals (10) and more assists (25) than any other full-back in the Champions League since his debut with Sevilla in 2007-08.

He won't be given many better opportunities in Europe this season to get on the front foot against a side that realistically remains out of its depth at this level although keep an eye on them up front as the Swiss have ex-Norwich flop Rickie van Wolfswinkel in their ranks.

Marcus Rashford also lacks experience in the Champions League.

Marouane Fellaini is a doubt to feature for Manchester United when they open their Champions League campaign against Basel on Tuesday.

- Ernesto Valverde is taking charge of a fourth club in the Champions League after Olympiakos, Valencia and Athletic Bilbao.

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