Man Utd's Herrera patient despite lack of game time

Herrera hopes to retain his starting place when United line up on Tuesday for their first Champions League match since December 2015.

Manchester United have been on the rise over the previous year, ever since the hiring of Jose Mourinho and a transfer policy that's finally gotten as aggressive and forward-thinking as it had needed to be for a long time.

Stoke are the only side to have scored against United this season but there will be a new look back four for the visit of Basel with Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling in for the suspended Eric Bailly and Phil Jones.

Mourinho confirmed that one of his favourite players, Marouane Fellaini, is out injured.

He plays in the center of midfield, where Mourinho's Manchester United will dominate possession and create plenty of chances from, and hence, will be crucial to Basel's chances of causing another upset at Old Trafford.

The World Player of the Year's absence due to a five-game domestic ban for pushing a referee has exposed the one flaw in Real's squad in a lack of back-up to Karim Benzema.

"We have a group now and people say it is an easy one for us in the Champions League".

Manchester United manager Jose Morinho.

Pochettino said that defeat had more to do with his team trying to win the Premier League title than any difference in quality between the sides.

"I don't think Bailly and Jones are better than Smalling and Lindelof". It's more comparable to the style of the Portuguese league. "There are reasons for Eric and Jones to be anxious".

United were matched with Benfica and CSKA Moscow as well as Basel when the group stage draw was made last month, avoiding the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich, Napoli, Roma and potentially more challenging opposition in the process.

The Red Devils, who are top of the table after taking 10 points from their first four games, return to Premier League action next weekend with a home clash against Everton at Old Trafford. "I will go with him again", he said.

"When you are here the players want to fight to try to win it, maybe because we are not in (mainland) Europe".

Of the Group A opener against Basle, Mourinho said: 'Being back in the Champions League is going back to the natural habitat.

Mourinho had said last month before the start of the season that the Sweden worldwide was not yet ready for the Premier League, and said that the player needed time to settle down.

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