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Mourinho plays down Champions League hopes

Mourinho plays down Champions League hopes

When players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Breel Embolo were sold in recent years, they were often replaced by shrewd acquisitions like Mohamed Salah, who left Basel for Chelsea after his goals beat the current English champion four years ago.

Manchester United centre-backs Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are suspended.

He plays in the center of midfield, where Mourinho's Manchester United will dominate possession and create plenty of chances from, and hence, will be crucial to Basel's chances of causing another upset at Old Trafford. They'll joined the injured group of Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, and James Wilson on the sideline, as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is still working his way back to fitness following last season's devastating knee injury.

United manager Jose Mourinho made it clear that he wanted to sign the Wales worldwide, but a transfer never came to fruition.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has described his excitement to be playing in the "best cup competition in the world" once more as the Champions League makes its return to the club's schedule this week for the first time since 2015. "I trust them. I am not anxious at all that Bailly and Jones are out".

'The structure that Conte set up last season with three at the back clearly works as they won the title and they have added a few players in midfield. "There are reasons for Eric and Jones to be anxious".

The Portuguese gaffer has also mentioned that Marouane Fellaini is a very important member of the squad.

"I hope Old Trafford will welcome him as he deserves".

Man United qualified for this season's Champions League after they won last season's Europa League.

Tottenham are not assuming Real Madrid will finish first in Champions League Group H, according to Mauricio Pochettino. Lukaku worries me a bit as the most important thing in Champions League football is ball retention and to kill the game, especially if you get a goal in front.

No wonder United manager Jose Mourinho sounded a note of caution when Basel was drawn as a group-stage opponent in this season's Champions League.

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

"But, having played for them in Europe, I know how they approach these matches and how their pedigree on the continent means they can relax into the competition".



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