Manchester United made an impressive start to the English Premier League season with 10 points from a possible 12 and sit on top of the table in Week 4, Man United will now turn their attentions to the European campaign.
The Reds will look to carry the early season form into Europe, in the hope of marking the return to the Champions League with a win at Old Trafford on Tuesday night when Jose Mourinho’s men face FC Basel in the first Group A game.
The Champions League has always been the competition in which Jose Mourihno has defined himself and he has already been talking up his chances of surpassing Ferguson’s record as the competition’s most experienced manager. He previously lead Porto and InterMilan to win the competition.
“I know that I am in the top five or six. I’m quite far, especially from the top one, but I will fight hard to go for that record,” said Mourinho, who has overseen 133 Champions League games to Ferguson’s 194.
“Last season I lost a season in the chase for this record (as United won the Europa League), but Manchester United is where Manchester United has to be and I’m really happy with that.
Man United will be without the suspended Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, and Mourinho said after the draw at Stoke that Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof will replace them at the heart of the defence.
The reigning Swiss champions got their domestic season off to the worst possible start when they lost 2-0 to BSC Young Boys on the opening day of the 2017/18 campaign. Raphael Wicky’s side got into their stride thereafter, but went down to a 2-1 defeat at home against Lausanne-Sport on Saturday. Having won the Swiss title for the last eight seasons in a row, FC Basel will be expected to do the same this term, and they will be looking to impress on the European stage as well.
The game kicks of at Old Trafford – Tuesday September 12, 19:45
Head to Head Records:
Last 4 Games:
Manchester United – 1 win
Basel – 1 win
Draw – 2 draws