Manchester United are set to play FC Basel in the Group A game on Wednesday night which will be the fifth group game and United can mathematically qualify for the knockout stages. However winning the first four games have them in the knockout stages virtually but a win or a draw against Basel at St Jacobs Park will ensure qualification as group A winners. The game kicksoff at around 20:45 CET / 19:45 uk time.
Manchester United are playing at home against FC Basel in a game which kicks off at traditional 7:45 p.m uk time. BT Sports has the live coverage rights in the UK and they will broadcast the match live starting 30 minutes before kickoff at BT Sports 2.
Team News & Short Preview: Manchester United qualified for Champions League via winning Europa League and Jose Mourinho has already laid out plan for this year’s Champions League campaign. He wants his team to qualify for knockout stages and from there learn from the experience without any burden or expectations of winning the tournament. Its more of a learning curve as United go through transition. Its evident Mourinho has priorities Premier League title this season and he will stick to his guns just like last year when United put emphasis on winning Europa League rather than going all out for top 4 finish.
Manchester United 2-0 FC Basel – 12 September 2017
[ UEFA Champions League 2017-18 Match ]
35′ 1 – 0 Marouane Fellaini
53′ 2 – 0 Romelu Lukaku
FC Basel are a decent side who were one of the reason’s United knocked out of the group stages back in 2011. On paper this is pretty much given three points for United however Mourinho won’t take Basel lightly considering he has kept De Gea in goal for United. Lukaku and Pogba should both start while players around them are set to exchanges places from the bench.
Predictions: Not a hard one to predict this one. Looking at United’s Europa League campaign last year United were formidable at home specially at the back. But they struggled to score goals going forward but with Lukaku, Rashford, Mkhitaryan and Martial in good form I can see them scoring at least a couple of goals and should keep a clean sheet at the back. Im going with a straight forward 2-0 win for United in this one.