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12 September, 2017, 00:25 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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Xherdan Shaqiri believes Basel can get a result against Manchester United on Tuesday if they are willing to take risks against their "vulnerable" defence.

"I don't think Bailly and Jones are better than them", he said at his pre-match press conference on Monday.

"He's (Jones) playing well for us", Mourinho told reporters.

For a club such as Manchester United not to be in the games was hard but now we are back and motivated to bring Champions League games to Old Trafford.

"And that's why I prefer a Europa League victory than a third or fourth spot in the championship". "They are at the same level, they are just different players".

"I am a team player and when the manager needs me I will be there and that's it. I was sacked as a champion, (Claudio) Ranieri was sacked as a champion, Frank de Boer is sacked after four games", Mourinho said.

United sit unbeaten at the top of the Premier League and having scored twelve goals while conceding just two in their opening four games, the three-time European Cup winners will be expected to start off this season's campaign with a win.


"I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, it doesn't matter if he is in team or the bench so if his condition is improved I will select him but I can not say yet".

"So I don't know what the stats are, but I'd argue that in general play they played more long balls than we did because they've got that threat and that's what they try to exploit".

Marouane Fellaini is a doubt to feature for Manchester United when they open their Champions League campaign against Basel on Tuesday.

"He is very bright and very clam and step by step he will be there".

United's strength-in-depth means that even with a few changes they should have too much quality for a Basel side who have not had the best of starts to the season.

You sense Romero only played in the Europa League last season because De Gea acquiesced to sitting out of the Europa League. "There are really strong teams in England and really strong teams in Spain but it's true, in England, we normally never have a break in December and January".

The game at Old Trafford is United's first appearance in the Champions League since the 2015/16 season when they were eliminated at the Group Stage under former manager Louis Van Gaal, according to the Independent.

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