Ibrahimovic makes Champions League history in Man Utd's Basel loss

Ibrahimovic makes Champions League history in Man Utd's Basel loss

Ibrahimovic makes Champions League history in Man Utd's Basel loss

They only need to make improvements against CSKA Moscow in two weeks' time.

Paul Pogba sliced through the Basel defence and found Romelu Lukaku, whose shot on the turn was well saved by Tomas Vaclik.

Having toiled in Pogba's absence, recently taking four points from a possible 12 in the Premier League, United rediscovered their swagger against Newcastle United on Saturday when the Frenchman made his return.

Though he has often dazzled with his long-legged technical artistry, the recognition of Pogba's influence on United's play has been slow in coming.

Mkhitaryan has only complete a full 90 minutes twice in his 16 appearances this season and his declining fortunes mirror his troubles last term, when he was criticised by Mourinho for his lack of fitness.

And striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who returned in the same match as a substitute after being out since April with a knee injury, will be on the bench again. Anthony Martial's cross invited the finish from Fellaini but the ball only skimmed the head of the Belgian and clipped a post when proper contact surely would have resulted in the opening goal. "Normally he is going to play and will be a little bit more comfortable for him to play, so instead of 15, 22 or 25 minutes".

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United were beaten last time they were at St. Jakob-Park in 2011 and went out of the Champions League in the process, while Mourinho also lost the last time he was here, as Chelsea manager in 2013.

Smalling will fancy his chances of remaining first-choice but the question is whether that is enough for Southgate. The Champions League group was never making real problems to this team until this match in Basel, yet Manchester United are still capable of managing this blip.

"Ultimately it's your club form that decides whether you play at a World Cup", the 27-year-old stated.

"While I'm playing regularly and part of a very successful team," the defender proclaimed".

"I gave it a look but honestly I don't know".

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