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Manchester United 3-0 Basel

  • Manchester United secured three points in comfortable fashion with a 3-0 win over Basel at Old Trafford.
  • Marouane Fellaini opened the scoring with a powerful header after replacing Paul Pogba, who went off injured after 18 minutes.
  • Romelu Lukaku doubled United's lead before Marcus Rashford made the points safe.
  • Elsewhere, Chelsea demolished Qarabag 6-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku
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Full-time: Manchester United 3-0 Basel.

Little to report in the closing stages. Oberlin looked to be in a very dangerous position but was hauled back for offside, but they aren't offering much at all as we head into stoppage time.

Taulant Xhaka, Granit's brother, has taken a wild potshot which doesn't come close to troubling De Gea.

Two minutes of added time.

A poacher's goal for Rashford. Lukaku plays in Fellaini, who drives down the right channel and pulls the ball back across the face of goal. Mkhitaryan misses, but Rashford makes no mistake. 3-0, game over.

GOAL! Manchester United 3-0 Basel (Rashford)

Fellaini has been sensational tonight. Along with his goal, the Belgian has been smart in possession, clever positionally and has put out a number of fires that could have really troubled United.

From whipping boy to crowd favourite?

Chelsea have made it six at Stamford Bridge. Batshuayi with his second of the evening.

Rashford's first involvement is to win a foul in a fairly dangerous area, only to balloon it horribly over the bar.

Riveros is trotting off the pitch for Oberlin. Left-back for a striker, very bold from Basel.

Rashford's on, too, replacing Mata.

United in control now, spraying it around the middle of the pitch with little trouble from a tired Basel, who seem to know their race is run.

Rashford set to be introduced by Mourinho as Balanta fouls Young.

Chelsea now 5-0 up, thanks to Batshuayi, while Barcelona are three goals to good against Juventus. Messi with a brace.

Chelsea now 4-0 up against Qarabag.

Think that might just, just seal it for the Blues. Bakayoko with his first goal for his new club.

Second change for United - Martial off, Lingard on.

Martial almost makes it three after good work by Fellaini but he cannot direct his effort goalward.

Mkhitaryan then sends in a free-kick that Smalling earns a corner from. The second set-piece comes to Young, whose shot is parried by Vaclik.

Val Wolfswinkel, who has done next to nothing tonight, has been replaced by Kenny Bua.

You know, Kenny.

Mourinho now set to roll the dice - Jesse Lingard has been summoned.

Fantastic save from De Gea to prevent Elyonoussi from halving the deficit. Lindelof tried to limit the Norwegian but could only stop him temporarily. Vital save from the Spaniard.

Lukaku almost makes it three for United and two for him with another header, but his effort is straight at the keeper. Nothing comes from the following corner.

A teasing ball from Van Wolfswinkel was dealt with well by Smalling, who prevented the ball from reaching Steffen.

At the other end, Martial skips past Lang but is scythed down by the full-back, who is now on a yellow.

Basel huff and puff but they simply do not have the quality to really hurt United.

Steffen does manage to draw a foul out of Blind, though. The Dutchman now in the book, like his fellow full-back Young.

As Lukaku made it two, Chelsea made it three! Cesar Azpilicueta has headed in a third against Qarabag.

A short corner between Blind and Mata affords the former space to whip in a teasing ball, which Lukaku rises to. The Belgian, like his compatriot Fellaini in the first half, powers through to double United's lead.

GOAL! Manchester United 2-0 Basel (Lukaku)

Benfica are 1-0 up against CSKA Moscow courtesy of a Seferovic effort. Barcelona also a goal up thanks to that man, Lionel Messi.

A long ball punted into United's box troubles Lindelof a touch but he just about gets away with it. Mourinho's men now asserting dominance in possesion, though they are being pressed hard by Basel.

Back under way at Old Trafford. Basel trying to some early pressure but fail to trouble their hosts.

The moment Fellaini gave United the lead.

Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku
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Half-time: Manchester United 1-0 Basel

Fellaini's powered header the difference at the break. United were much the better side, though they were not able to truly exploit Basel, who have offered precious little.

Solid but not sparkling at a rain-soaked Old Trafford.

It really is all United now, though they aren't cutting Basel open at will. Mkhitaryan, for all his profligacy, has arguably been United's best player; always involved and just pulled off a delightful nutmeg on Xhaka.

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Bit of a nasty collision between Young and Riveros leads to a Basel free-kick. Looked like an honest 50/50, but Young has been cautioned.

Xhaka finds Elyounoussi with the set-piece but the Norwegian can only head straight at De Gea.

Just as I say United look a tad impotent...

Switch from Mkhitaryan, Young delivers a sumptuous ball into the box which Fellaini powers home. Incredible delivery from Young, comprehensive finish from Fellaini. 1-0!

GOAL! Manchester United 1-0 Basel (Fellaini)

United rather unimaginative in their play so far. Basel clearly no great shakes but Mourinho's men looking rather impotent, save a couple of opportunities. 33 minutes in.

2-0 Chelsea. New boy Davide Zappacosta gets in on the act.

Balanata makes a rather wild challenge on Mkhitaryan. He wins the ball but it was rather unorthodox to say the least. No need to go down, and he earns a yellow for his troubles.

United keeping the pressure on Basel but no goals as yet. They seem to be trying to exploit the Swiss side's left flank, and have enjoyed some degree of success so far.

25 minutes gone, 0-0.

PSG have taken the lead against Celtic. Neymar with it.

Meanwhile, Mkhitaryan has missed another guilt-edged chance from two yards out. Really, really should do better there.

Pogba's race is run after just 18 minutes. On comes Marouane Fellaini.

Concerns over Paul Pogba, who is in sever discomfort as he hobbles around the pitch. The Frenchman has now gone down on the turf with what seems to be a hamstring problem.

Certainly not what the doctor ordered.

Lukaku gets in the act shortly after Mkhitaryan's miss. The Belgian skips past a couple of challenges but fires straight at the Basel 'keeper.

First clear-cut chance for United.

Martial plays a wonderful through-ball to Mata, who in turns tees up Mkhitaryan with a sublime chipped pass. The Armenian should score, but his header goes over the bar.

Sporting now two-up against Olympiakos through Gelson Martins, while Bayern Munich have opened the scoring against Anderlecht.

Lewandowski - who else?

Basel come forward for the first time and win a corner out of Lindelof. It's a good delivery but United quickly counter through Pogba. Strong start from the hosts.

Sporting Lisbon have also taken early lead against Olympiakos. Seydou Doumbia with the strike.

There's been a goal at Stamford Bridge! Pedro opens the deadlock for Chelsea, who lead Qarabag 1-0.

United getting some joy down the right already. Young reaches Lindelof's lofted ball and forces a corner.

Taken by Mata, the ball is cleared only a far as Young, who shoots harmlessly wide.

United win a corner through Lukaku, who smacked the ball off Suchy.

The Belgian then strives to open the scoring but his goalbound effort is blocked. Martial balloons his effort over.

We have kicked off at Old Trafford. United in possession.

The famous music rings around Old Trafford. The stage is set.

Pogba has the captain's armband this evening. Will he lead the Red Devils to victory?

Kick-off just moments away now. The teams are ready and waiting in the Old Trafford tunnel.

Jose Mourinho's pre-match thoughts:

"Back to normality. For us, after one season playing Europa League, it's a change.

"They've [Smalling and Lindelof] worked together every day since the moment we knew they would be the obvious choice for this match. I think the understanding is good, they are good players, I trust them."

Catch a bit of pre-match chat from David de Gea, here. He starts tonight.

Kick-off in 15 minutes.

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Roy Hodgson has been drafted in as Crystal Palace's new manager. Will the former England boss steady the ship at Selhurst Park?

No fewer than eight Champions League matches for your viewing pleasure this evening.

Celtic are about to face the wrath of PSG's front three tonight. Are the Parisians Champions League contenders? That attacking triumvirate surely puts them in the conversation.

Plenty of Champions League action taking place elsewhere.

The tie of the night is being held at the Camp Nou, where Barcelona will take on Juventus. Ousmane Dembele will make his start for the Blaugrana tonight, as they parade their new LOL strikeforce.

Visual representation of Basel's starting line-up. A 3-4-3 formation for the Swiss champions.

The Red Devils have landed.

An attacking line-up from Manchester United, who are believed to be lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, though it may well revert to 4-3-3, the system they have used throughout the opening stages of the new season.

Basel are suggested to be lining up in a 3-4-3 with former Norwich City forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel flanked by Renato Steffen and Mohamed Elyounoussi. Football Manager legend Eder Alvarez Balanta also starts.


Manchester United: Romero, Darmian, Valencia, Carrick, Fellaini, Lingard, Rashford.

Basel: Salvi, Gaber, Fransson, Oberlin, Schmid, Bua, Callà


Manchester United: De Gea; Young, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Pogba, Matic; Mata, Mkhitaryan, Martial; Lukaku.


Basel: Vaclik; Akanji, Suchy (c), Balanta; Lang, Xhaka, Zuffi, Riveros; Steffen, Van Wolfswinkel, Elyounoussi.


Quite a result from United and Basel's youth stars earlier - let's hope for similar entertainment at Old Trafford.

The much-lauded Angel Gomes managed to get himself on the scoresheet.

Stoke City winger Xherdan Shaqiri has urged former club Basel to go on the attack when they face Manchester United in the Champions League at Old Trafford on 12 September.

Shaqiri, 25, helped Stoke end United's 100% start to the season by holding Jose Mourinho's side to a 2-2 draw at the bet365 stadium on 9 September.

The Switzerland international, who spent three seasons playing for Basel, said if the Red Devils had one area of weakness it was in defence.

"That's what our goals have shown. If you play quickly and bravely, their defenders will have problems," Shaqiri was reported as saying by the Daily Mirror.

"At the back, Manchester are vulnerable. We are physical and tactical. We did not hide.

"You have to play bravely. It does not matter if you lose. Man United have so much class in their attack."

Xherdan Shaqiri

Victor Lindelof is set for his first start for United since the Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid. The Sweden international has not featured in any of Manchester United's opening Premier League fixtures so far, but Mourinho is happy to throw him into Champions League matters as he does not "need to adapt".

"I think it is easier for him to play in the Champions League," Mourinho said. "No need to adapt, he needs a little bit of time to adapt to the Premier League. He is very bright and very calm and step by step he will be there. I am more than confident for tomorrow, he is a very good player with a very good potential."

"He is very bright and very calm and step by step he will be there. I am more than confident for tomorrow, he is a very good player with a very good potential."

Victor Lindelof and Gareth Bale
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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will start his side's Champions League group stage opener against Basel manager Jose Mourinho confirmed.

De Gea did not feature at all in United's successful Europa League campaign last season, but Mourinho is not going to humour the idea of having one goalkeeper for the Premier League and another for the Champions League, due to the added importance of Europe's premier club competition.

"Sometimes you want to play every game but it was the manager's decision," De Gea said in a press conference, quoted by Manchester Evening News. "It was good because we won the competition and we fight for the position to play and that's good for the group to keep working hard in training. Of course I always want to play.

"We all train really hard to be the player who is on the pitch to play now I feel really strong and confident and everyone trains hard to be in the XI and that's it."

David de Gea

Good evening and welcome to IBTimes UK's live coverage of Manchester United vs Basel.

Jose Mourinho's men have enjoyed a rather positive start to the new season, though their perfect form in the Premier League was dashed by Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium on Saturday (9 September).

United will hope to get back on the winning track against Basel, who have previous with their opponents. The Swiss champions delivered the killer blow to knock Alex Ferguson's side out of the Champions League in the group stage in 2010.

The Red Devils will not a want a repeat of the fateful night, though they will have to make sure they carry out a professional job against Raphaël Wicky's men, who hold no fear ahead of the clash at the Theatre of Dreams.

Stay with IBTimes UK for all the latest updates, team news and reaction to all the goings on at Old Trafford tonight.