Predicted Manchester United Line-up To Face FC Basel In Champions League
Manchester United will take on FC Basel on Wednesday night as they take their Champions League campaign forward. The Red Devils will go into this game with a lot of confidence after their recent 4-1 victory against Newcastle United, which also saw the return of a couple of their key players.
Although United have won all four of their Champions League games so far, they still need a point to qualify for the last 16 as the group toppers. Hence, Jose Mourinho is likely to field a strong team away to the Swiss champions while also indulging in a bit of squad rotation.
Mourinho’s men have a hectic fixture schedule coming up after this game so the Portuguese manager will be looking to provide rest to some of his regulars. With that in mind, it is unlikely that he will start Zlatan Ibrahimovic just yet. He does not have any fresh injury concerns, so Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick are likely to be the only ones sidelined.
Possible Manchester United XI To Face FC Basel
Manager: Jose Mourinho
David De Gea (GK)
De Gea has been a pillar at the back for United and when one considers the stakes, this match will be important. Hence, Mourinho is likely to field the Spaniard in his usual role.
Matteo Darmian (RB)
Darmian has shown signs of improvement as a right-back, making it possible for Mourinho to deploy him to provide Antonio Valencia with some rest.
Victor Lindelof (CB)
With Phil Jones and Eric Bailly out, Mourinho will have to turn to Lindelof and the player did seem solid against Newcastle, making a strong case for him to get a start on Wednesday.
Chris Smalling (CB)
Although he was criticised endlessly last season, the fact is that Smalling’s performances have made a remarkable turn and he has been influential in the heart of United’s defence. Hence, Smalling is likely to start against FC Basel.
Daley Blind (LB)
Blind has been sidelined for a while now but Mourinho could him a start on Wednesday to give some rest to Ashley Young as he is in dire need of it.
Marouane Fellaini (CM)
Fellaini’s return has sparked a fresh life in United’s attack and he will be important in the midfield to establish control over the pace of the game.
Ander Herrera (CM)
Herrera has failed to impress so far but Mourinho is likely to tweak the formation and go ahead with two central midfielders to rest Nemanja Matic. If deployed, this will be a good chance for Herrera to improve his performance.
Jesse Lingard (RW)
Lingard has proven to be quite influential when it comes to orchestrating attacks and Mourinho will be expected to hand him a start.
Juan Mata (CAM)
Mata’s experience and creativity up front will certainly help the Red Devils in pushing for victory, making it likely for Mourinho to start him.
Anthony Martial (LW)
Rashford is likely to be rested while Martial could start on Wednesday. The player has sparked a remarkable u-turn in his career and his incisiveness and accuracy will be key.
Romelu Lukaku (CF)
Since Ibrahimovic has only recently returned from injury, Mourinho is unlikely to hand him a start already, and that should see Lukaku start as the main striker.