Premier League focus behind European struggles, says Pochettino

Premier League focus behind European struggles, says Pochettino

Premier League focus behind European struggles, says Pochettino

And they arrived in the Champions League final with a fresh team.

Manchester United have been on the rise over the a year ago, ever since the hiring of Jose Mourinho and a transfer policy that's finally gotten as aggressive and forward-thinking as it had needed to be for a long time.

Basel will look to exploit a potential weakness at center back for United, with Phil Jones and Eric Bailly — the starting combination in the Premier League — both suspended.

Manchester United have started the season in excellent form, yet to be beaten domestically, with three wins and a draw. "You're going to have to play them one way or another", said the England worldwide ahead of Wednesday's visit of Dortmund.

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United's squad flourished in the Europa League and that will help somewhat - but Michael Carrick is the only Champions League victor in the entire squad, with Paul Pogba a losing finalist.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has described his excitement to be playing in the "best cup competition in the world" once more as the Champions League makes its return to the club's schedule this week for the first time since 2015. Head Coach Raphael Wicky had a fine track record as a player, but this year is his first season in first team management.

Elsewhere, RB Leipzig will make their Champions League bow against last season's semi-finalists Monaco, the Ligue 1 champions shorn of numerous stars who fired them to glory in France past year.

"Being back in the Champions League is going back to the natural habitat", said Jose Mourinho, who will be looking to achieve with United what he did with Porto and Inter Milan and guide them to Champions League glory.

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Once again, the only Group of Five team in the Top 25 is USF, which dropped from No. 19 to No. 21. UF and Florida State, which is ninth, are the only teams in the coaches' poll with a loss.

Only Liverpool (5) have won more European Cup/Champions League titles than Manchester Utd (3) among English clubs. Marouane Fellaini, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young are injury doubts. Whether it's Griezmann or Bale doesn't matter, Old Trafford would love to see either in their famous red.

The Group A clash marks the first time Man Utd have appeared in the Champions League since dropping out at the group stage in the 2015/2016 season.

Basel are probably a little disappointed with how they have started their domestic season, they are only third in the league with 11 points from their opening seven games.

'We have to try to go to the last 16 and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe'. In four Champions League group stage meetings, United and Basel have both won once against each other along with two draws.

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