Manchester United will host FC Basel in the opening game of their Champions League campaign. The Red Devils will look to get the group stages started on the front foot with a win against their Swiss opponents.
Eric Bailly and Phil Jones will miss the opening group stage match through suspension. Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof will start at the heart of the Unied defense. The manager also confirmed that David De Gea will start the match in goal.
United know that they must get all three points at home in the Champions League and FC Basel will be a good first test for them. The team will be very strong and will look to score a lot of goals to get the campaign started on the right foot.
Jose Mourinho knows the importance of Champions League football at Old Trafford and will field his best eleven. Look for the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to be involved in the match.
Their opponents, FC Basel, are coming off a loss against FC Lausanne-Sport at the weekend and are looking to bounce back against the English competition. Ricky van Wolfswinkel is their danger man up front and has scored 7 goals already this season. The Dutchman will look to add to that goal tally in Manchester.
If Manchester United were to lose this game at home, fans will be extremely disappointed and become very anxious. Look for United to come out with fire and passion as they know how much this match means in their season. All three points will be expected from the players and they must perform.