Michael Owen states his prediction for Basel v Man United

Manchester United are in action against Basel at St. Jakob Park
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Oli Scarff  AFP

Manchester United are in action against Basel at St. Jakob Park Credit Oli Scarff AFP

'I am not an angel and I had players be injected to play official matches, crucial matches but a friendly - to get six local anaesthetic injections to play a friendly, I've never heard of that'.

"I chose to play Rashford and Martial together, the question for many weeks was, 'Why don't they play together?'".

"I have to believe in this moment, and I am more comfortable, in the [Basel] manager's experience and in his vision, so in this moment I am much more comfortable than I was before", Mourinho said.

Southgate chose to overlook Chris Smalling for the recent draws with Germany and Brazil and Mourinho jokingly suggested he would be happy for the defender to miss out on internationals in the future. Jones does not play [on Wednesday] and I can say in advance he doesn't play at the weekend, too. "Our injuries are real injuries". In this moment, we have Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay so I can imagine, next week, you are going to ask - why is this player not playing?

Jose Mourinho at his latest press conference
Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit Fabrice Coffrini AFP

The 25-year-old was expected to miss just his side's clash with Newcastle at the weekend, but has since been ruled out of both tomorrow night's Champions League tie with Basel and Saturday's visit of Brighton to Old Trafford.

Mourinho added: "Zlatan goes on the bench and he normally plays because he needs to play and because he's useful for us. In some positions, when you don't have injuries, you have lots of options in other positions", Mourinho said, speaking ahead of United's Champions League game against Basel on Wednesday.

"I gave it a look but honestly I don't know". I say in a selfish perspective but is not a real perspective, because what I want is my players to be happy and go to the national teams and an event like the World Cup. "But at least I respect the effort of trying to make a positive pitch after being so bad in the playoffs in the national team".

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