Manchester United v FC Basel 1894: Champions League Preview

Lukaku reveals why he chose playing for Mourinho over Conte

Romelu Lukaku has spoken of his big admiration for Jose Mourinho

"Manchester United have been there season after season".

"He is a very good player with a very good potential, and honestly I think there are reasons for the other boys, Eric and Jones, for them to be anxious because Victor is a very good player".

The Frenchman was also key to United's successful Europa League campaign - as a result of which, voted into the Team of the Tournament by the organization. "If you see the players are exhausted, then you have to play others".

Marouane Fellaini is a doubt to feature for Manchester United when they open their Champions League campaign against Basel on Tuesday.

A sign that Basel is no longer the force of old _ at least in the eyes of English opponents _ came last season when the team managed by Urs Fischer was swept aside in 2-0 and 4-1 losses to Arsenal in group play.

Mourinho criticised organisers of England's top flight last season during United's gruelling run to a victorious Europa League final, accusing them of failing to protect their clubs competing in Europe.

Victor Lindelof will receive the first start of his Manchester United career on Tuesday night after Jose Mourinho revealed he will be paired alongside Chris Smalling against Basel.

Jose Mourinho has played down Manchester United's chances of Champions League glory, saying English domestic fixture congestion will work against the three-time European champions.

"We were playing one match per week, I never felt reasons to make changes, but I play them tomorrow and, for me, it is exactly the same as Bailly and Jones". If you want to be a champion and win titles you need a guy like him and Romelu is doing fantastic for us.

Basel famously knocked the Red Devils out of the 2011-12 Champions League at the group stage, but José Mourinho's men are a different kind of animal now and are currently one of Europe's best sides in terms of form.

"It doesn't matter that he hasn't played Champions League before, he has scored goals and played in the best league in the world so he will score goals for us". David is really well and really confident and I go with David'.

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