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Mourinho confident of victory over Basel

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 01:09

Jose Mourinho believes his players have the ability to beat Basel as Manchester United make their return to the Champions League.

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SHOWS: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (SEPTEMBER 11, 2017) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANCHESTER UNITED MANAGER, JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING: "I would perfectly accept what happened with me the last time I played them. I played them and I lost the match in Basel and I drew the match in London but we qualify. So for me what matters is is to qualify is not the direct relation with a certain opponent club. So we want to qualify and that's the most important thing. A different story is the story between Basel and Manchester United. When the last time, basically five weeks with Benfica in the group phase and Manchester United went to the Europa league that's a different story. But I think we are we are strong, we are playing well. We have good confidence in ourselves. And we think in spite of the match's difficulty tomorrow we think that we have enough quality to win." STORY: Manchester United are up for the challenge of playing against the best teams in Europe and have the ability to beat Basel on Tuesday, according to manager Jose Mourinho. United had failed to qualify for the Champions League for Mourinho's debut campaign but their Europa League triumph last season secured a return to Europe's elite competition. The Old Trafford outfit begin their campaign on Tuesday (September 12), hosting Swiss side Basel in the opening group stage match. The Portuguese boss believes his team are in good form after starting their league campaign with three wins and a draw. Defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are serving suspensions and will be replaced by Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof at the centre of defence for Tuesday's game, while midfielder Marouane Fellaini is a doubt as he recovers from a calf injury.

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Mourinho confident of victory over Basel

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 01:09