Zlatan Ibrahimovic On Bench - Manchester United Team vs Basel Confirmed

Lawrence Cooper
November 23, 2017

He does not yet share team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cult status, but Paul Pogba's display on his comeback from injury showed his importance to Manchester United is second to none.

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.

Michael Lang (Basel) Basel's main attacking outlet throughout the 90 minutes, and in the final of them, made yet another excellent run to calmly slot home the victor. "In some positions, when you don't have injuries, you have lots of options in other positions", Mourinho stated ahead of Wednesday night's Champions League fixture.

This will also be our live thread for the match, so join us in the comments to discuss the action. He needs to play and he's useful for us.

"He drops into areas where he gives stability to the team", he proclaimed on the Swede's abilities.

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12' - Lovely ball from Pogba, slipping Lukaku in, and he holds off his man brilliantly, but then takes a touch too many and ends up bashing a finish to the side of Vaclik when he was close enough to block; a Peter Beardsley lift was what was really in order.

"So I can imagine, next week, you are going to ask - why is this player not playing?" He's not in condition to start. In particular defender Phil Jones, who was forced out with injury inEngland's recent friendly with Brazil, however, it was surprising to see just the one United defender in Gareth Southgate'sside with Chris Smalling been omitted from the squad.

Mourinho had expressed concern about the pitch at St Jakob-Park after it was replaced following heavy damage during Switzerland's recent World Cup play-off with Northern Ireland. The 36-year-old played up top, forcing Lukaku into a wider position on the right.

"If my season carries on like this and we have a successful season and our team continues to concede very few goals", Smalling concluded.

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