"I knew, last season, when I signed and came back here, that I would be playing in the Europa League". Craig Shakespeare's side went further than any other English side last year, reaching the quarter finals, and it was because they didn't renege on their direct, kick-and-rush style.
Basel lie third in the Swiss Super League and are without a win in their last three games. The midfielder might miss tonight's game due to injury. Players such as Ricky van Wolfswinkel should ring a bell with Premier League fans, and the team has a solid academy that regularly produces good prospects. "A lot more important than you can imagine".
"It is more different in relation to the Premier League, so no need to adapt to Champions League". Forget the scratch sides that you find in modern international football: the Champions League brings you teams in which individuals have been playing together week in, week out for years. In December 2011, United crashed out at the group stage following a 2-1 defeat against Basel at St-Jakob Park.
After 644 days away from Europe's brightest of spotlights, Manchester United return to the Champions League on Tuesday with expectations as high as ever. In the time since United's last appearance at this level, Manchester City have graced the last four too and their appetite is still not satisfied.
"I look forward to tomorrow and hope Old Trafford feels it in the same way we feel it".
It has been a tough start for rookie coach Raphael Wicky, who pits his wits against Mourinho in just his ninth senior competitive game.
Wide players Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial like to drift inside from the wing, leaving the Reds narrow at times but Young's presence at left-back would keep that width and an opportunity to deliver the ball into the box for the dangerous Romelu Lukaku.
Manchester United have started the season in excellent form, yet to be beaten domestically, with three wins and a draw. Benfica will be the first proper European challenge for United this year. "A team like Chelsea can win the Champions League, when they won they were not the best". An equally turgid league campaign brought only qualification for the Europa League, which Jose Mourinho won impressively to reach this year's top table, albeit amid more middling domestic displays.
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