On the state of the pitch, Mourinho says the pitch is uncomparable to Rostov's pitch, where United faced troubles on the field in last season's UEFA Europa League campaign. Their domestic form has not been the best, either, and they were riding a three-game winless streak before their 5-1 win over FC Sion this past weekend. United are first in Group A with 12 points, after winning their first four games.
In the last match between these two teams in September, United defeated Basel 3-0 in Manchester.
Mourinho is coming up to halfway through his current deal at United. For many weeks, the questions was - why do they not play together? He should start in the midfield, and have around an hour to leave his mark on the match.
Basel are missing marsman Ricky van Wolfswinkel but otherwise have no injury concerns.
SWISS cheese is on the menu for Manchester United tonight.
The Swedish superstar returned to action in the second half of Saturday's 4-1 win over Newcastle United after seven months on the sidelines.
Following the Manchester Derby, United will visit West Brom on the 17th, and then face Leicester City on 23rd, Burnley on 26th, and finally, Southampton on the 30th.
36-year-old midfielder, Michael Carrick is injured, along with Phil Jones, while Eric Bailly is a doubt. The duo have not trained so far this week, and are expected to miss the trip to Basel. As such, it shouldn't be odd to imagine Victor Lindelöf and Chris Smalling pairing at centre-back once again. Juan Mata, Ashley Young, and Antonio Valencia have been given a rest. The duo is likely to be replaced by Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind.
Eamon Dunphy isn't buying into the "hype" around Paul Pogba. 10 goals scored shows that they are very good going forward, while they have only conceded once, which displays that they are not a side that is overly dependent on either facet of the game. The Swiss side have six points along with CSKA Moscow.
The Red Devils won the Europa League last term thanks to a 2-0 victory over Dutch giants Ajax in the final.
High time for a turnaround.
"But when we speak about titles, everyone obviously thinks about the Premier League".
This is what Mourinho had to say about the match day squad: "Zlatan goes on the bench tomorrow and normally he plays".
Herrera is understood to be happy in Manchester but has had limited starting opportunities this term under Jose Mourinho.
United don't want to take a game off, however.
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