Mourinho: I feel weaker without Fellaini in squad

Alan Shearer

FC Basel has not had a really good start to the season and is coming off three straight games without a win. "I try to bring good players here and we try to play football and I think you saw evidence of that".

Speaking about the game, Shaqiri admits that his former side face a tough evening against United, explaining that Jose Mourinho's side are much more dominant when playing in their own stadium than they might have appeared in the 2-2 draw at the Bet365 on Saturday evening.

The game will be the first appearance in the Champions League for Lukaku since August 24, 2010, when he appeared, and scored, for Anderlecht in the second leg of an eventual loss to Partizan on penalties in the second leg of the playoff round. I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad.

Real Madrid has won the Champions League three times in the past four years, and is looking to become the first team since Bayern Munich (1974-76) to be European champion in three straight years. "It's another step to play at the highest level of the Champions League with the best teams in Europe".

You can argue that, with better players around him, that should change but we will not know for sure until United play Liverpool at Anfield on October 14.

"Our sides probably haven't gone as deep as we probably want them to, I think that's maybe due to the level of competition week in, week out in the Premier League", Barton said on talkSPORT.

Five-time European champions Liverpool came through the playoffs and get a chance to avenge their loss to Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final.

The Switzerland worldwide set up Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's second goal in Stoke City's 2-2 Premier League draw with United on Saturday, a result that ended the Red Devils' flawless start to their league campaign.

"There is no need for him to adapt to the Champions league but he needs a bit of time to adapt to the Premier league, especially the new Premier League", Mourinho told a news conference.

Anything other than a comfortable win for United would be a surprise on its return to Europe's top competition after missing out last season.

"Of course, in the first season I was trying to improve (this)".

"He is a wily fox with his tactics, and knows what it takes to build the ideal team".

United enter the Champions League this season as a result of winning the Europa League last term.

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