Jose Mourinho explains team selection for Champions League clash


Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Chris Smalling will make his starting line-up when Manchester United take on Basel on Wednesday night (22 November) with Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, and Michael Carrick to miss the Champions League clash due to various injuries. I think it's a conversation between doctors because I'm not a doctor.

United have not lost in Europe in 2017-18 and have scored 10 goals in four games and conceding just once.

Jose Mourinho claimed Mkhitaryan's omission against Newcastle was down to tactical reasons and the fact that he wanted to play Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the same team.

'The more that we are fit to play the better for everyone.

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Asked about any concerns ahead of the match, the Portuguese told reporters: "I have to believe in this moment, and I am more comfortable, in the [Basel] manager's experience and in his vision, so in this moment I am much more comfortable than I was before". However, he only played 62 minutes during the fixture.

The Red Devils signed three players in the summer transfer window following Benfica defender Victor Lindelof, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic. With a goal and an assist in a 4-1 comeback win, Pogba was the man of the match and his overall display helped United find a level they have struggled to reach during his two-month absence. I know that if England reach the final of the World Cup, I know that a few weeks after we start the Premier League, so I know if England goes to the World Cup final I have to start without my players.

"We were not informed about the injections". Now the question is why is Micki not playing.

"Pogba's such a huge player in terms of creativity. The answer is very simple, until the worldwide board change the rules I can only play 11".