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Mourinho plays down Champions League hopes

Mourinho plays down Champions League hopes

Manchester United and Basel met against each other twice, the first time in the 2002/03 season and the last in 2011/12.

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"In the Champions League there are four or five teams with an incredible level of quality, of experience, of know-how".

Only Liverpool (5) have won more European Cup/Champions League titles than Manchester Utd (3) among English clubs.

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

He said: "It is not an opportunity for them, it's just normal. There is a reason for Eric and Jones to be anxious because Victor is very good".

"The difference is it's still big in the Europa League and you still play very good teams, but maybe not the biggest clubs".

He said: "We can but we can also play with four in the back, we used the pre-season to work since day one, to work and to try to improve things that we already do".

Romelu Lukaku, Man United to make Champions League return vs. Basel
Speaking to Blick , Shaqiri offered advice to United's Champions League opponents FC Basel on how to beat them. United enter the Champions League this season as a result of winning the Europa League last term.

There is no guarantee that the 29-year-old will return for tonight's match but is worth nothing that in Mourinho's eyes, his presence is "more important than you can imagine". Marouane Fellaini, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are injury doubts.

Mourinho also confirmed that David De Gea will start in goal on Tuesday instead of using Sergio Romero as his regular goalkeeper in Europe like last season, claiming he will not necessarily have a separate shot stopper for cup competitions this time around.

The Real Madrid star, who moved to the Bernabeu from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford in the summer.

Ander Herrera (front) made 51 appearances for Manchester United last season and helped them to victory in the Europa League.

After all, Los Blancos have won the competition two years in a row and their squad is formidable. "It was hard watching it on television".

"Obviously, I came to Manchester United to play in the Champions League", the French superstar told United Review ahead of the contest.

The Group A clash marks the first time Man Utd have appeared in the Champions League since dropping out at the group stage in the 2015/2016 season. Despite what at first glance, looks an easy group stage draw, having avoided the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus from Pot 1, Group A could get a lot more trickier should United fail to get a positive result i.e all 3 points, on Tuesday night.


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