Three Man United stars go missing before Basel

Three Man United stars go missing before Basel

Three Man United stars go missing before Basel

And Manchester United were left to rue a wasteful performance in the first half after failing to heed Basel's warning shots when Michael Lang scored a victor in the final minute of normal time. CSKA now trail United by three points and, while they travel to Old Trafford in the last game of the group, the Russian side would need a miracle to overtake Mourinho's men. Mourinho's side are nearly certain to top their group and qualify, they just need a draw against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford.

The Ivorian missed United's 4-1 win against Newcastle United on Saturday and was in the stands with fellow injured defender Phil Jones. Should they avoid a four-goal defeat, qualification is guaranteed. Romelu Lukaku needed someone to create for him, Pogba was doing it but Mkhitaryan wasn't.

Despite that Southgate decided against picking him for an ultimately weak squad for the draws against Germany and the Brazilian's, there are a only few months to impress ahead of World Cup in Russian Federation this Summer but Smalling stated that he will be looking to give Southgate "no choice" but to pick him.

Moments later, the visitors went even closer when Marouane Fellaini's header was cleared off the line by Manuel Akanji. "I made a decision to play Marcus Rashford and Martial together", he said.

Fellaini threatened again with another header that fizzed wide from Daley Blind's free-kick.

Martial was denied by Vaclik at the end of a surging run before Rojo rattled the bar from long-range.

"It just wasn't good enough second half".

Mourinho sent on Nemanja Matic and Marcus Rashford, but United didn't respond and Lang almost made them pay by crashing a header against the bar.

In Man United's final training session before the Basel game, three players were noticeable absent.

With United appealing in vain for offside, Raoul Petretta's measured pass found Lang and he tapped in at the far post to leave Mourinho cursing.

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