UCL: Basel v Manchester United – Match Preview (See Team List)

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Setting the scene… Manchester United returned from the international break in fine style, with a 4-1 win over Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United. Despite going behind inside 15 minutes, the Reds rallied back with goals from Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling before the break. Paul Pogba, returning from injury, and Romelu Lukaku added to goals in the second half, to complete the rout. Jose Mourinho’s men now head to Basel having won all four of the Champions League fixtures this season, meaning qualification for the knock-out stages can be sealed with a point at St. Jakob-Park, or if CSKA Moscow fail to beat Benfica, in Group A’s other game.

How can I watch it? Wednesday’s match kicks off at 19:45 GMT and will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK. MUTV subscribers on Sky or Virgin Media, the MUTV app or at mutv.com will be able to follow all the build-up to the game from 17:45 GMT on the Match Day show and listen to live radio commentary of the game, before watching it in full from midnight. You can also follow the game as it happens via ManUtd.com’s live match blog and by following our official Twitter account @ManUtd.

What’s the team news? The boss confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Chris Smalling would start in the heart of the defence on Wednesday night, however, Mourinho also admitted Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are sidelined. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcos Rojo and Paul Pogba all returned to Saturday’s matchday squad, and all three travelled to Switzerland as part of the Reds’ party, though Michael Carrick continues to be absent. Meanwhile, for the hosts, Omar Gaber, Germano Vailait and Ricky van Wolfswinkel are all expected to be unavailable through injury, and Taulant Xhaka will miss out through suspension.

How are FC Basel doing? The Swiss outfit currently sit in second place in Group A with six points from their opening four games, and will be hoping to reach the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time in three seasons. Meanwhile, Raphael Wicky’s side lie second in the Swiss Super League, six points behind leaders BSC Young Boys, and they head into Wednesday’s fixture on the back of a dominant 5-1 victory over bottom side Sion.

Have we faced FC Basel before? Yes, we have met on five previous occasions, all of which were in the Champions League group stages. The last time we made the visit to St. Jakob-Park was in 2011, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for United. However, the most recent encounter was at Old Trafford back in September, and then, goals from Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford and Lukaku handed the Reds a comprehensive 3-0 win.

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Did you know? Four of the 11 that started the 2-1 defeat to Basel back in December 2011 remain at the club six years later (De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Young).

Who is the referee? Daniele Orsato will be officiating Wednesday’s game in Basel, and it will be the Italian’s first United game since 2012, when he oversaw our 1-0 Champions League defeat to CFR Cluj. Orsato has handed out 23 bookings in his last three matches, the most recent of which was a World Cup play-off first leg tie between Honduras and Australia.

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Rivals watch: Five other British sides are in Champions League action this week. Tuesday sees Liverpool travel to Spain to face Sevilla, while Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund welcome Tottenham, and Manchester City play host to Feyenoord. Meanwhile, Wednesday sees Celtic make the trip to France to face Paris Saint Germain, and Chelsea travel to Azerbaijan to take on FK Qarabag.

Tuesday 21 November (19:45 GMT unless stated)
Spartak Moscow vs NK Maribor (17:00 GMT)
Sevilla vs Liverpool
Manchester City vs Feyenoord
Napoli vs Shakhtar Donestk
Besiktas vs FC Porto (17:00 GMT)
Monaco vs RB Leipzig
Apoel Nicosia vs Real Madrid
Borussia Dortmund vs Tottenham Hotspur 

Wednesday 22 November (19:45 GMT unless stated)
CSKA Moscow vs Benfica (17:00 GMT)
FC Basel vs Manchester United
Paris Saint Germain vs Celtic
RSC Anderlecht vs Bayern Munich
FK Qarabag vs Chelsea (17:00 GMT)
Atletico Madrid vs Roma
Juventus vs Barcelona
Sporting Lisbon vs Olympiakos

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