Keeper De Gea to be starter for Man United against Basel

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Basel has started its bid for a ninth straight Swiss league title with as many losses in seven games two as it had all last season, when the team finished 17 points clear.

The Swedish defender was a £31.5 million (Dh153m) signing from Benfica but is yet to play a minute in the Premier League and has not even been on the bench for three of United's four fixtures.

Our opening Champions League group game against the Swiss side will be the midfielder's first for the club in the competition following his summer move from Chelsea, and Matic says he's excited for the match.

Mourinho stated after the game that "only one team wanted to win" once the game was levelled with The Guardian reporting that he was sure Fellaini's presence could have helped to see out the win after Stoke bombarded the United defence with a series of long balls.

FC Basel, on the other hand, are making their eighth appearances in the UEFA Champions League group stage, and their fourth in the last five years.

"For me, they are the same level". If his condition improves he will be selected because I need him.

"The only thing I can say is that Real Madrid a year ago played the last month in LaLiga with the second team", he said.

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United were gifted one of the most favorable groups in the Champions League - however, that doesn't mean that the squad should overlook any of their opponents. He needs a bit more time to adapt to the Premier League, especially the new Premier League.

"Intelligent kid, very bright, very calm".

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.

Mourinho will be forced into changes for the visit of Basel, with centre-backs Phil Jones and Eric Bailly both suspended, and the former Chelsea boss confirmed after the 2-2 draw at Stoke that Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling will be their replacements.

David de Gea will retain his place in goal over Sergio Romero, who was United's starting goalkeeper during their successful Europa League campaign last season.

But United may be without Marouane Fellaini, who excelled in May's Europa League final win over Ajax and who has a calf problem.

The season before that, the famous 2-1 home win over Manchester United that denied England's biggest club a spot in the Champions League knockout stage.

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