United's 3-0 victory over Basel kick-started their Champions League campaign in impressive style. With goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, Basel were dispatched comfortably on a rainy Tuesday night in Manchester. Having said that, there were many talking points surrounding the game, from Paul Pogba's early injury, to Fellaini's Man of the Match performance - here are three things we learned from the match... Having joined United from title rivals Chelsea for £40m,...
Nemanja Matic Is Proving to Be the Signing of the Season
Having joined United from title rivals Chelsea for £40m, heads were turned at the time as to why Chelsea would allow a crucial player to join a rival. Seemingly surplus to requirements with the introduction of Bakayoko, Matic has consistently proved how wrong Chelsea were to let him go.
Last night, Matic continued his rich run of form with another game controlling display. With a pass accuracy of 93%, making 71 passes in total - Matic showed his ability to recycle possession and free up those around him. With Matic doing the work that often goes unnoticed, Fellaini in particular could steal the headlines with a goal and an assist in a more advanced role.
Man Utd May Struggle Without Paul Pogba
Having landed awkwardly in the 17th minute, Paul Pogba limped off the pitch and was replaced with Marouane Fellaini. Despite putting in a Man of the Match display, there was still something missing from Fellaini's game that Pogba provides frequently.
The loss of defence splitting passes, the ability to switch the play and marauding runs is evident when Pogba is removed from the side. While Fellaini's goal and assist shows he is capable of filling in for the Frenchman, these aspects will undoubtedly be missed in his absence.
Ashley Young Will Play His Part for Man Utd
Having been pushed further and further down the pecking order by United's incomings and now at the age of 32, many assumed that Young's United career was finished. However, last night young proved he still has a part to play this season, having been so influential for his side.
Young was industrious in his defensive duties, consistently tracking back and preventing any Basel attacks. Meanwhile, he provided creativity going forward, with the ability to beat a man but also deliver an excellent cross - as demonstrated by his assist for United's first goal of the night.