Basel 1-0 Manchester United

Beth Cruz
November 23, 2017

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's introduction from the bench did little to inspire a United improvement and they were made to pay for their terrible second-half decline late on.

Michael Carrick also remains absent through injury.

Manchester United travelled to Switzerland in the knowledge that a point would be sufficient to secure their place in the Champions League knockout phase. Mkhitaryan is not playing because we had lots of options for that match.

"If we are in a winning position, like we were against Newcastle, we need him on the pitch, because he keeps the ball, he keeps possession".

For Manchester United both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba came back from injury and were on United team that beat Newcastle United 4-1 at the weekend and are in line to play some part against Basel. "But [he is in] no condition to start". In particular defender Phil Jones, who was forced out with injury inEngland's recent friendly with Brazil, however, it was surprising to see just the one United defender in Gareth Southgate'sside with Chris Smalling been omitted from the squad.

Mourinho had expressed concern about the pitch at St Jakob-Park after it was replaced following heavy damage during Switzerland's recent World Cup play-off with Northern Ireland.

United's frustration in front of goal showed no sign of subsiding after the break, as they struggled to craft chances against a Basel side who made a marked improvement and even hit the crossbar through Lang. So I can imagine, next week, you are going to ask - why is this player not playing? "Because there aren't many England games throughout the season". "Then I give him maybe no choice in the summer but to pick me." .

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