Basel 1-0 Manchester United

FC Basel v Manchester United

Manchester United passed up the opportunity to secure progression to the Champions League knockout phase, as Michael Lang's late victor clinched a 1-0 victory for Basel and put the Swiss side in the driving seat to finish second behind their visitors in Group A.

The 36-year-old travelled with the squad to Switzerland ahead of their penultimate clash in the group stages of the Champions League, but Mourinho stated that he will have to come off the bench in the St. Jakob-Park.

The Red Devils were the superior team in the first half but the visitors couldn't make the breakthrough.

And Martial retains his spot after scoring in Saturday's 4-1 Premier League win over Newcastle, with only Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling backing up with consecutive starts.

A point in Switzerland would've guaranteed progression, but after squandering a host of good first half chances, Basel grew into the game after the break, eventually finding a 90th minute victor through Michael Lang.




"In this moment, we have Pogba, Fellaini, Matic, Herrera, McTominay, so I can imagine next week I can imagine you will ask why is this player not playing".

United were dominating possession without applying the finishing touch and Fellaini maintained that frustrating trend when the Belgian hit the post with a close-range header from Anthony Martial's cross.

"When you're up in a game and you're getting opportunities like Man United did in the first half, you have to take your chances", Ferdinand said on BT Sport after the game.

The return of Ibrahimović has been a long time coming for United fans. "Now, they've got to keep playing".

Manchester United were 2-0 winners against Dutch giants Ajax in the Europa League final last term.

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