Fellaini and Lukaku Start, 4-2-3-1: Strongest Manchester United’s XI vs Basel

Manchester United make the trip to St. Jakob-Park to face Basel in Wednesday night’s Champions League game. The Red Devils presently hold a six-point lead over Basel and CSKA Moscow at the top of Group A, and a point in midweek will assure their progress to the knockout phase.

Formation: 4-2-3-1


David de Gea has been ever-present in the club’s Premier League and Champions League outings, and he is likely to start between the sticks against the Swiss champions.

Both Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young are likely to be rested and they could be replaced by Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind in the right and left-back positions respectively.

With both Phil Jones and Eric Bailly injured, Mourinho may have to stick with Victor Lindelof and Chris Smalling at the heart of the defence. Marcos Rojo has recently returned after a long injury lay-off, but he could play a cameo role off the bench.

Onto the midfield, Mourinho could take the opportunity to rest both Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic. Marouane Fellaini and Ander Herrera featured off the bench against Newcastle, and they could be paired up in the centre of the park.

Juan Mata could be fancied to keep his number 10 role, and he could be accompanied by Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard in the left and right wing positions respectively.

Romelu Lukaku ended his seven-match goalless streak for United with a thunderous strike versus Newcastle, and he is assured to lead the line ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who could be eased into the lineup.

Predicted Lineup (4-2-3-1): David de Gea, Matteo Darmian, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku

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