Mourinho Rules Key Player Out From The Champions League Clash Against Basel

MANCHESTER ENGLAND – AUGUST 13

MANCHESTER ENGLAND – AUGUST 13

Manchester United kick off their first game of the group stages on the 12th of September against Basel at home and should they win the 3 points, it may ease the pressure for future games.

'For sure in the Champions League we are starting a path, ' he said.

'We have to try to qualify, we have to try to go to the last 16 and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe'.

United come in to the game in excellent form as they sit top of the Premier League table after collecting ten points from their opening four league games but Mourinho won't be taking anything for granted against the Swiss champions. 'I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad.

'Myself, I only play Europa League twice.

Ander Herrera has admitted that he has been impressed by the start Romelu Lukaku has made at Manchester United this season. That clearly paves the way for Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling to play the full 90 minutes against Basel.

"They are all at the same level so it is no problem at all", the Portuguese manager said about his centre-backs. Long-term absentees Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are nearing returns, but Marcos Rojo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic remain side-lined through serious knee injuries.

Mourinho used second-choice goalkeeper Sergio Romero in the Europa League last season but has confirmed he will not follow suit in the Champions League, with David de Gea a confirmed starter.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho could be without Marouane Fellaini for the tie, after the midfielder missed the Stoke game with a calf injury. For now, the record is perfectly balanced with one win each and two draws.

So the objective was to win that to obviously go back into the Champions League.

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

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.

He scored three goals in those four games but never got the chance to play for Chelsea at Europe's top table, so all eyes will on the £75m man as he bids to prove he belongs at the top of the game.

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