Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Man Utd v Basel - Our 8/11 Tip for Tonight

Manchester United legend Paul Ince believes in order for Romelu Lukaku to be considered "world class" then he needs to perform in the Champions League.

Jose Mourinho has admitted Manchester United are not yet in the same realm as Europe's elite after 644 days away from the Champions League.

Suspensions to first-team centre-backs Phil Jones and Eric Bailly mean Chris Smalling and new signing Victor Lindelof will deputise in their absence.

Jose Mourinho can not confirm if Marouane Fellaini will be fit enough to play against FC Basel, after the Manchester United midfielder missed the trip to Stoke City with a calf injury.

Bailly and Jones' red-hot start to the season won't be discounted by the boss going forward - but this battle at the back is one to watch. We won the Europa League but we were not in the Champions League, so we have to respect every opponent.

England boasts five teams in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League competition, which commences in just a couple hours.

"I am a team player and when the manager needs me I will be there and that's it". I don't think Jones and Bailly are better than them, they are the same level.

"I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, it doesn't matter if it's on the pitch or if it's on the bench". It is more comparable to the Portuguese style.

Blind started United's first three league games of the new campaign at left-back, as they made a blistering start with victories over West Ham, Swansea and Leicester. Darmian replaced the Dutch worldwide for the 2-2 draw away to Stoke. But he is being kept around because United want to win the Champions League this season and he will be instrumental if they are to have any chance.

Ibrahimovic had been released at the end of an initial 12-month stint at Old Trafford, with the Swede nursing knee ligament damage which had brought his campaign to a close.

Tottenham will aim to tackle their supposed Wembley curse as the Champions League continues on Wednesday, with Real Madrid seeking to win the tournament for the third year in a row.

'We have to try to go to the last 16 and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe'.

JOSE MOURINHO says the importance of Marouane Fellaini to his Manchester United team should not be underestimated as they return to their "natural habitat" in the Champions League tonight.

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