Jose Mourinho Press Conference Previewing FC Basel UCL Match

However, Mourinho added that Manchester United are strong, confident and had enough quality to win the Tuesday's game, although he predicted it to be a hard one.

Lindelof has not played in the Premier League since his £31 million move from Benfica in the summer and Mourinho has suggested the Swede may be more suited to games in Europe.

"I think Man Utd are in really good fettle so I expect them to progress from the group because they've got a decent group".

For a club such as Manchester United not to be in the games was hard but now we are back and motivated to bring Champions League games to Old Trafford.

Fellaini trained with the squad at Carrington on Monday.

"We should be in the Champions League". You could argue United played more long balls, and why wouldn't they? "So if his condition improves then he will be selected, because I need him". "When players go to the national team they belong to the national team".

The Serbian worldwide has settled in quickly at Manchester United this season, earning praise from players and pundits alike for his role in the Reds' unbeaten start to the 2017/18 Premier League campaign.

The Portuguese boss told reporters ahead of United's game against FC Basel that "being back in the Champions League is going back to the natural habitat".

In the end, Mourinho picked Lukaku, deciding it was easier to make the transition from Premier League to Champions League than La Liga to Premier League. "I will go with him again", he said.

"Intelligent kid, very bright, very calm".

'He's a very important player for me, much more important than what you can imagine.

David de Gea, whom Mourinho confirmed will start the match despite his decision to rotate goalkeepers in the Europa League last season, does not see any problem with playing behind a new defensive partnership. For now, the record is perfectly balanced with one win each and two draws.

"Goodness knows, we had too many free-kicks against us, but that wasn't because we're a physical team, it was because the referee misinterpreted too many things in my view".

In the other Group A match, Benfica is a consistent performer in the Europa League will host CSKA Moscow which finished last in its group in each of the last four seasons - including one that contained United in 2015.

  • Angelo Rivera