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Jose Mourinho downplays Man United UCL hopes, focused on topping group

Jose Mourinho downplays Man United UCL hopes, focused on topping group

"Being back in the Champions League is going back to the natural habitat".

Cristiano Ronaldo was brilliant that year but we also had great players like Nemanja Vidic and Evra who had joined, and Michael Carrick who is the type of midfielder you need to respond to the likes of Andres Iniesta and Xavi.

"We have to try to qualify and we have to try to go to the last 16 and enjoy that special knock-out phase with the best teams in Europe".

"I admire Jose Mourinho. I feel weaker without him".

Lindelof and Chris Smalling will start in the centre of defence for United's opening Champions League group game against Basel out of necessity, with Bailly and Jones both serving European bans.

"Even if Jones and Bailly were not suspended, probably I would still play Lindelof and Smalling tomorrow because for me they are the same level". The Old Trafford club are level on points with cross-town rivals Manchester City but lead the table on goal difference, as per the National.

Marouane Fellaini remains a doubt for the match as he has yet to recover from a calf problem picked up while on worldwide duty with Belgium.

They will be replaced by Lindelof and Smalling, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo remain absent through knee injuries. Victor Lindelof is yet to make a matchday squad for Jose Mourinho this season, but that is all set to change on Tuesday night, as he is set to make his Champions League debut for the Red Devils.

In reality, though, United the current leader of the Premier League should have little to worry about when it opens group play against the Swiss champion at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

He spent £12.6 million on Dwight Yorke in 1998 despite the striker's previous European experience amounting to two goals in seven games for Aston Villa in the UEFA Cup.

Benfica are consistent performers in the second tier of Europe's elite; Basel have been weakened by persistent sales of top players since eliminating United in the 2011 groups; and CSKA Moscow finished last in their group in each of the past four seasons.

Basel are making their eighth Champions League appearance, that's six more than any other Swiss club (Grasshopper, 2).

The chances of winning the Champions League are small.

"They have the Champions League platform to show themselves".

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