Manchester United is finally back to its home, the Champions League, after missing it last season due to not qualifying by being fifth in the league during the season 2015/2016, but Man United qualified this season by winning the Europa League last season.
In this report you will find all what you need to know about Manchester United first Champions league match this season against Basel.
When and where is the match?
When: The match will be on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:45PM BST.
Where: Old Trafford
Who will play?
Mourinho is expected to start with a strong squad, but has to take into consideration the Premier League as well. Mournho confirmed 3 major changes in the back lines which are Lindelof and Smalling due to suspending Bailly and Jones, and De Gea.
We predict the starting Xl to be as follows:
Goalkeeper: De Gea
Defenders: Valencia (captain), Bailly, Lindelof, and Blind
Midfielders: Matic, Pogba
Bench: Rashford,Romero,Lingard,Herrera,Fellaini,Carrick and Darmian
Several changes to the main squad
Mourinho confirmed that there would be 3 major changes in the starting Xl. However, Mourinho may start some of players who didn’t play against Stoke City such as Martial and Martial. Moreover, Mourinho will find it hard to find a place for a back defender on the bench like Tuanzebe, but Blind can play there in case of emergency.
Man United should win after the drew against Stoke in the weekend, Basel isn’t the easy team, but also not the giant opponent. Basel already lost 2-0 away against Arsenal, and 1-4 at home last season. We predict a 4-0 win.
Manchester United didn’t qualify for the kick out stages when Basel and Benfica were in its group stages more than 30 years ago.