Man United's Mourinho recalls Smalling and Lindelof for Basel game

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"To be humble is to admit that the opponent has the same ambition we have, that they can come here like they did in the past and give Manchester United a bad taste".

Spartak, which won the Russian Premier League, is in the group stage for the first time since 2012-13, while Slovenian team Maribor is the big outsider in its third attempt to reach the knockout stage.

"I think Basel are a strong team, a good team", he added.

Manchester United are returning to their "natural habitat" of elite club competition by playing their first UEFA Champions League match for nearly two years, according to manager José Mourinho.

For a club such as Manchester United not to be in the games was hard but now we are back and motivated to bring Champions League games to Old Trafford.

'I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, it doesn't matter if he is on the bench or if he is on the pitch.

Mourinho accused Stoke of playing defensive football at times and going direct too often, though he did also concede that a point apiece was the correct outcome.

Rashford has never played a Champions League fixture.

United make their return to the competition on Tuesday night when Swiss champions Basel visit Old Trafford.

"Basel's coach Raphael Wicky has to get his team to play with courage and take some risks". I don't like that clear separation of you play this competition, I play this competition. I am more than confident for tomorrow [Tuesday], he is a very good player with a very good potential.

The only competitive game time he has seen since joining was the 2-1 Uefa Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid last month, with Eric Bailly and Phil Jones - Mourinho's first-choice partnership - both suspended.

"He is very bright and very clam and step by step he will be there". They have so much class in attack, sometimes they'll just shoot and score a goal.

"I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, it doesn't matter if he is in team or the bench so if his condition is improved I will select him but I can not say yet". That said, he had just scored four goals for England at Euro 2004.

Manchester United booked their place in the group stage of the Champions League thanks to their Europa League triumph last season, after they missed out on a top-four finish in the Premier League.

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