Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Marouane Fellaini returns to Manchester United training ahead of Basel clash

Marouane Fellaini returns to Manchester United training ahead of Basel clash

UNITED v FC Basel kicks off at 7:45pm on Tuesday September 12.

Now, Basel's best offseason signing is a player who already failed to meet the Premier League's standards. "I try to bring good players here and we try to play football and I think you saw evidence of that".

Manchester United are returning to their "natural habitat" of elite club competition by playing their first UEFA Champions League match for nearly two years, according to manager José Mourinho. "I feel weaker without Marouane Fellaini in my squad".

"Even if Jones and Bailly were not suspended, probably I would still play Lindelöf and Samlling". Russian champions Spartak are in the group stage for the first time since 2012-13, while Slovenian team Maribor are the big outsider in their third attempt to reach the knockout stage.

"Juventus, because they were champions in Italy three months in advance, they could play... with the second team and arrive fresh for the quarter-final, the semi-final, the final of the Champions League". "So if his condition improves then he will be selected, because I need him".

But I think the English teams will do well this year, apart from Spurs who have a tough group.

Mourinho admits United are perhaps not at the level of certain elite Champions League sides given that they have only qualified for the tournament twice in the last four years.

The centre-backs will come in for the Group A clash as Eric Bailly and Phil Jones serve the final matches of their European suspensions, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcos Rojo remain absent through knee injuries.

"Intelligent kid, very bright, very calm". I don't like that clear separation of you play this competition, I play this competition.

"He is a very good player with a very good potential, and honestly I think there are reasons for the other boys, Eric and Jones, for them to be anxious because Victor is a very good player".

Two of United's last three Champions League campaigns have been concluded in the group stages and Mourinho said: "There are many teams in the Champions League with similar qualities to the Europa League".

There was also a confrontation between Mark Hughes and Mourinho when the Stoke boss crossed over the opposition technical area and he defended his side's tactics claiming that United were playing the long ball just as much as them.

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