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FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel 1 Man Utd 0: Swiss roll over United as late Michael Lang strike secures hosts memorable victory

Defeat at St Jakob-Park proved fatal to Manchester United’s Champions League hopes six years ago. This latest loss to Basel is unlikely to be quite so damaging. CSKA Moscow would still need an extraordinary turn of events at Old Trafford in just under a fortnight’s time to progress at United’s expense. But Jose Mourinho’s side only have themselves to blame for failing to secure the point that would have guaranteed qualification for the knockout stages and, with it, first position in Group A. The true cost of defeat might actually be more keenly felt in the Premier League. United are due to face Arsenal and Manchester City either side of the game against CSKA. Had United not blown it in the last minute here, when Michael Lang made the visitors pay for an alarmingly slipshod second half and a series of missed chances in the opening 45 minutes, Mourinho would have had the luxury of resting a plethora of players for their final Champions League fixture. Maybe now he doesn’t, even if United would have to lose by six goals to the Russian side and Basel overcome Benfica not to qualify for the last 16. And so sandwiched in between two crucial league matches Mourinho has a bigger European assignment to contend with than he would have hoped or expected. By contrast, City, with qualification and first place in Group F already achieved, will be able to rest as many players as Pep Guardiola sees fit without any worry against Shakhtar Donetsk in preparation for the Manchester derby. Basel celebrate their win Credit: KEYSTONE United were not scintillating in the first half by any means but they were firmly in control and missed enough chances to kill the game. Twice they hit the woodwork, Marouane Fellaini had a header cleared off the line and Romelu Lukaku squandered a one on one when clean through. But that control evaporated after the interval. Their tempo dropped, possession was squandered cheaply, they struggled to string more than a handful of passes together at any one time and the defending, with the notable exception of Marcos Rojo, making his first appearance after seven months out with a cruciate ligament injury, was lamentable. Lang’s goal had been coming and Mourinho felt his team paid the price for being caught in two minds. “I believe that with the minutes going by probably my players felt we didn’t score until now but we don’t concede and we get the point and then in the last minute they score,” he said. “We lost because in the first half we should be 5-0 up but we could not score one goal after being so dominant. I was counting to my assistant the chances we missed in the first half. We put ourselves in that situation [at the end].” Paul Pogba dominates the midfield Credit: ACTION IMAGES Lang’s goal concluded a particularly forgettable night for Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind, United’s stand-in full-backs with Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young resting back at home. If the pair survive beyond next summer under Mourinho, it will be a surprise. Basel had sought to isolate both and it paid off. When Renato Steffen swept the ball out wide to Raoul Petretta on the left with stoppage time looming, Darmian could have been tighter. Instead, Petretta had time to drill over a low cross that bypassed the Italian, zipped through the legs of Chris Smalling and eluded Rojo and Basel striker Dimitri Oberlin before zipping to the far post where Lang slotted home at the far post ahead of Blind. He, like the equally lively Steffen, had been half a yard ahead of Blind for much of the night.   How it had come to that, though, was hard to fathom of the basis of the first half. Henrikh Mkhitaryan was nowhere to be seen for the second successive game, the Armenian now paying the price for weeks of drudgery, but even though United’s starting XI had played relatively little football of late it did not prevent them from having the lion’s share of the ball, not to mention the best chances. Manuel Akanji made an acrobatic goal-line clearance to deny Fellaini, who hit a post with another header and steered a third wide. Rojo had also seen a long-range shot deflected on to the crossbar while the best chance of the opening period was wasted by Lukaku in the 12th minute. It had been fashioned, unsurprisingly, by Paul Pogba, who for 45 minutes was the best player on show before tiring and being replaced by Nemanja Matic midway through the second period. As he demonstrated on Saturday on his comeback after 10 weeks out, the Frenchman brings another dimension to United’s midfield and his sumptuous pass into the path of Lukaku deserved to be finished. Instead, the Belgium striker carried the ball too close to Tomas Vaclik and the Basel goalkeeper saved. It would be costly on the night but that sort of miss might prove even costlier if it comes in, say, a Champions League quarter-final against superior opposition. The very best centre-forwards gobble up those opportunities. If United had been controlled and assured without ever really capturing the imagination before the break, though, they lost their shape and became ragged and sloppy after it as Basel raided their flanks. Indeed, it ended up being a busy night for Sergio Romero, in goal for David De Gea. In the 62nd minute, Steffen cut inside Blind with alarming ease only to drill a shot narrowly wide of the far post. Darmian had got away with it, too, soon after when he conceded possession with a careless intended clearance, allowing Basel to cross to the far post where Lang headed against the crossbar. Mohamed Elyounoussi’s shot on the rebound was smothered by Romero. Soon after, Romero was forced to make a diving save to deny the excellent Geoffrey Serey Die. Then came Lang’s sucker punch. No one could say United had not been warned. 9:39PM Quick word for the Basel fans ... who sang their hearts out all evening. They deserved the win as much as anyone on the pitch. 9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. Basel coach Raphael Wicky celebrates at the final whistle Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Champions League - CSKA Moscow vs Benfica

Soccer Football - Champions League - CSKA Moscow vs Benfica - VEB Arena, Moscow, Russia - November 22, 2017 CSKA Moscow’s Igor Akinfeev and Vasili Berezutski react after the match REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Goncharenko delighted for clean sheet star Akinfeev

Igor Akinfeev broke an unwanted personal record in CSKA Moscow's Champions League win against Benfica, to Viktor Goncharenko's delight.

Chelsea, Barcelona Punch UCL Knockout Tickets, Griezmann Gives Atletico a Lifeline

Barcelona and Chelsea secured their places in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday, while Atletico Madrid kept its hopes alive with a dramatic win over Roma and Manchester United suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Basel.

Atletico had to win to avoid an early exit and did so thanks to Antoine Griezmann’s first goal for eight matches, a spectacular hooked volley over his shoulder setting the hosts on their way to a 2-0 win. Roma, though, will go through if it beats Qarabag at home in two weeks. Chelsea beat the Azebaijani side on the road, with Willian scoring twice against the 10-man side to move to first in the group.

Manchester United could join its fellow Premier League side in the last 16, faltering in the second half and conceding a last-minute winner to Michael Lang.

In the other game in the group, Igor Akinfeev finally ended his run of 43 Champions League games without keeping a clean sheet, as CSKA Moscow beat Benfica 2-0. Georgi Schennikov was perhaps offside as he latched onto Bebras Natcho’s throughball to score the first, and Jardel was unfortunate to deflect Vitinho’s cross into his own net, but this was a desperately poor display from Benfica, which set a new Portuguese record of six successive Champions League defeats. Man United leads Basel and CSKA by two points.

Barcelona secured the top spot in its group with a 0-0 draw away to Juventus, which leads Sporting by a point after the Portugese side beat Olympiakos 3-1. Bas Dost, having failed to score in the group stage this season, scored twice.

PSG, meanwhile, took its tally for the group stage to 24 goals, setting a new Champions League record with one game still to play, in thrashing Celtic 7-1, Neymar and Edinson Cavani both scored twice on a day when Celtic actually led after 56 seconds, thanks to Moussa Dembele's opener.

PSG is still not guaranteed top spot in the group, as Bayern won 2-1 away to Anderlecht. Bayern, though, would have to beat PSG by four goals in their final group game to supplant the French power.

Here are three thoughts on the day in the Champions League, with just one match remaining for each team in the group stage:

GRIEZMANN GIVES ATLETICO A LIFELINE

Griezmann has been out of sorts this season, widely blamed for Atletico’s indifferent form, but having failed to score in his previous eight games, he lashed in an acrobatic volley after 69 minutes to ensure that Atletico will at least be fighting for qualification for the knockout phase in the final round of games.

Atletico had outplayed Roma in Italy on Matchday One, but had been held to a 0-0 draw thanks to a superb display from Brazilian goalkeeper Allison. Since then, though, Atletico has dwindled. Although its only defeat this season was in its home Champions League game against Chelsea, it has drawn 10 times. It’s debatable whether the cause is as simple, as some have suggested, as the club lacking an in-form striker, but at the moment it feels as though it's in a holding pattern before Diego Costa is available in January.

It looked for a long time like another evening of frustration was in the cards, as Augusto Fernandez had a first-half effort ruled out for handball, and Radja Nainggolan almost put Roma ahead with a cross that struck the near post. But Griezmann’s goal changed everything. Bruno Peres was sent off after collecting a second yellow card and then Kevin Gameiro latched into a Griezmann pass to add a late second. Simeone's side isn't in the clear, but at least it has a pulse going into the finale.

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WILLIAN DOWNS 10-MAN QARABAG

As an uneasy peace reigns, Chelsea secured its place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a comfortable win away to Qarabag. The decisive moment came after 19 minutes as Qarabag captain Rashad Sadygov was penalized for a slight tug on Willian. The award of a penalty and a red card–the third suffered in three successive games for the Azerbaijani champions, only the third time a team has suffered such a run in the Champions League–was harsh but not unfair. Eden Hazard converted from the spot.

Willian became the key figure as Chelsea ran away with it, scoring two and winning another penalty. Hazard's backheel laid in the Brazilian to add a second nine minutes before halftime. Cesc Fabregas converted another penalty, awarded after Gara Garayev had pulled Willian back, to make absolutely sure of the three points with 17 minutes remaining. But for good measure, Willian then drove in the fourth from outside the box in sensational fashion, punching Chelsea's ticket to the next phase.

MAN UNITED WOBBLES TOWARD KNOCKOUT STAGE

Six years ago, Manchester United’s Champions League campaign came to an end in Basel. This defeat wasn’t as significant–it would take a combination of a heavy loss to CSKA in the group finale and a Benfica win over Basel to keep United from advancing– but it was a worrying display. United had been much the better side in the first half, twice hitting the woodwork, but in the second half the intensity dropped and Basel came increasingly into the game. It was all most un-Mourinho-like.

Nemanja Matic was brought on to try to shore things up, but when he squandered possession in the final minute, Raoul Petretta crossed low from the left and Michael Lang converted from a tight angle at the back post. United should still go through, and will probably feel it was the better side even here, but the second-half laxity invited the defeat.

FC Basel vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd     9:37PM Full time, Basel win it Manchester United had far the better of the first half, Basel far the better of the second. In the end, the RotBlau stole all three points with a well worked goal late on. United will have to wait until the final group fixture to confirm their place at the top of the group. 9:35PM 90+2 mins Lukaku and Ibrahimovic combine to win a corner. Blind skims in a cross but it's easily cleared. 9:33PM 89 mins Ibrahimovic has a passable chance at the other end, but can only direct a climbing header over the crossbar. 9:32PM GOAL! Basel 1-0 Manchester United Basel have surely won it through Michael Lang, who sneaked in at the back post to slot home a low cross from Raoul Petretta. The home side deserve that on the basis of their second-half showing. Fantastic stuff. 9:30PM 87 mins Ibrahimovic has his first shot of the game after a clever lay-off from Lukaku, but the effort never stops rising and floats away into the night sky. 9:26PM 82 mins Matteo Darmian receives a caution after giving away another free kick to the left of the box. Romelu Lukaku clears. The £75million man has hardly seen the ball this half. 9:23PM 78 mins Having come back on after receiving treatment, Serey Die is down and now seems to be in considerable pain. He will have to come off after all, substituted for Alexander Fransson. Die has been absolutely massive this half and deserves his grateful round of applause. 9:20PM 76 mins Serey Die forces a full-stretch save from Sergio Romero with a thunderous shot from distance. He appears to have tweaked his hamstring in the process, but it looks like he'll be able to continue. 9:16PM 73 mins United use their second substitution to bring on Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Anthony Martial. Zlatan prepares to enter the fray Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 9:16PM 72 mins Another chance for Basel, who are all over United at this point. Dimitri Oberlin bursts into the box and only a desperate tackle from Rojo stops him from scoring. 9:14PM 70 mins Penalty shout for Basel!  Renato Steffan goes over the outstretched leg of Marcos Rojo, but after some deliberation the referee waves away his appeals. 9:12PM 66 mins Basel are flying here! Careless defensive mistakes from United allow Michael Lang to hit the bar from close range, before Elyounoussi has a shot saved low by a scrambling Romero. It's a wonder the effort from Lang didn't go in, having so nearly pinballed across the line. Mohamed Elyounoussi shoots at goal Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 9:09PM 65 mins It's the first substitution of the evening, with Paul Pogba coming off for Nemanja Matic. 9:08PM 64 mins Pogba gets a clean shot on target but it's straight at Tomas Vaclik. It's the first time United have got forward in quite some time, which must be a bit worrying from Jose Mourinho's perspective. 9:06PM 62 mins So close for Basel! Renato Steffan charges down the right wing before cutting into the box and curling towards the far corner. His shot is centimetres wide of the upright. Romero was well beaten there. 9:04PM 60 mins Blind fouls Renato Steffan on the right and Zuffi tries to surprise Romero with a shot from a tight angle. It doesn't quite work, bouncing off a bobbling sea of heads. 8:59PM 55 mins Serey Die does fantastically well to jink past three Manchester United players in defence, setting off a counter-attack that ends in Renato Steffan getting a shot on target. Romero saves easily once again, patting the ball down to the turf. Even so, the Argentine is having to work a bit harder this half. 8:56PM 52 mins Basel are looking much more enterprising here. Elyounoussi goes on a meandering run before firing a bouncer straight at Sergio Romero. 8:53PM 49 mins Basel win a free-kick to the left of the box after a handball from Matteo Darmian. Luca Zuffi's delivery is headed away to the feet of Serey Die, before the Ivorian midfielder fires a howitzer just wide. 8:50PM 45 mins Marouane Fellaini loses the ball to Serey Die in a dangerous area and Basel get forward in numbers. The attack looks like it's fizzled out, but then Raoul Petretta almost finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with an arching ball across the box. A sharp nudge in the ribs for United, there. 8:48PM Teams back out ... and Jose Mourinho is looking inscrutable. What has he said to his players at half time, do you think? Thoughts, Jose? Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:35PM Half time United are unlucky not to be ahead at half time, having hit the woodwork twice and had a shot cleared off the line. Basel have been game opponents and offered a counter-attacking threat in fits and bursts, but will need to do more in the second half to survive. 8:33PM 45 mins Thriker! Marcos Rojo takes aim from almost 30 yards, only for his rocket of a shot to rebound back off the crossbar. Vaclik wouldn't have been able to do much about that had it been a few inches lower. 8:31PM 43 mins Martial has a chance of his own this time, outpacing the Basel defence and rollicking into the area before shooting from a tight angle at goal. Tomas Vaclik saves again. Basel have their keeper to thank for keeping them in this game. Anthony Martial goes up against Manuel Akanji and Serey Die Credit: Georgios Kefalas/AP 8:29PM 42 mins United hit the post! Anthony Martial pings a cross into the box and finds Fellaini, but the Belgian's glancing header skims the upright and bounces wide. 8:28PM 39 mins Basel get a free kick of their own after Paul Pogba fouls Renato Steffan just inside United's final third. Dimitri Oberlin steps up and blasts a shot almost into orbit. Not ideal. 8:23PM 34 mins Jesse Lingard picks out Matteo Darmian on the right flank and the Italian finds himself in acres of space. He massively overhits his cross and the move comes to nothing. Shame, really. 8:18PM 30 mins Serey Die catches Pogba on the edge of the area and United have a free kick in a fantastic position. Pogba steps up and blasts towards the top right corner, but his effort is high and sails over the bar. 8:16PM 28 mins Jesse Lingard bursts into the Basel box and shoots low, but sees his effort deflected out for a corner. The delivery nearly falls for Fellaini, but Tomas Vaclik gets a hand to it and punches the ball away. Jesse Lingard has been lively so far Credit: Andrew Boyers/Action Images 8:14PM 25 mins United have had 64% possession so far, but Basel's game plan is clearly to play on the break. Michael Lang marauds down the right once again and nearly finds Mohamed Elyounoussi with a cross. United manage to clear, however. 8:07PM 20 mins Basel win a corner after Serey Die and Michael Lang combine well down the right, with the home team making inroads on that flank in particular. Fellaini heads it away with ease. That's what he's there for. Marouane Fellaini heads the ball clear Credit: Ennio Leanza/AP 8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let-off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his attention to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

FC Basel vs Manchester United, Champions League: live score updates

Betfair: Enhanced Acca 80/1: Barcelona, Bayern, PSG & Man Utd     8:03PM 16 mins Another great chance for United! Matteo Darmian wins a free kick to the right of the Basel box and Daley Blind whips a great ball onto the head of Marouane Fellaini. The bouffanted Belgian heads just wide this time. That's a let off for the home side. 8:00PM 11 mins Two great chances for Manchester United! First Pogba sends Lukaku away, with the latter shooting low at Tomas Vaclik only to see his thumping effort saved. On the follow-up, Marouane Fellaini belts a header towards the far corner, but Basel defender Manuel Akanji clears off the line. 7:57PM 9 mins Basel have a few forward forays of their own, with all-action midfielder Serey Die at the heart of the action. United clear a succession of dangerous crosses and eventually get back on the ball, but Basel are definitely up for this. 7:52PM 5 mins Romelu Lukaku links well with Jesse Lingard, flicking on for his teammate who runs straight at the Basel centre-backs. Unfortunately for United, Lingard can't quite thread a pass through to the onrushing Anthony Martial. Glimmers of danger there, however. 7:48PM 2 mins Daley Blind plays a risky pass back to Sergio Romero, who hastily clears. Meanwhile, St. Jakob Park is absolutely rocking. The atmosphere should give Basel a boost. 7:46PM Champions League anthem Feel that tingling, orchestral thrill rising up in your chest? Of course you do! Let's football! 7:41PM Teams in the tunnel "Come on boys! They don't look up for it!" shouts Paul Pogba. Only kidding, this isn't Sunday League. 7:07PM Landmark for Jesse Lingard Congratulations to @JesseLingard, who is making his 100th senior appearance for #MUFC tonight �� pic.twitter.com/Xbsdn7CQhW— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:59PM FC Basel team news Our starting-XI for tonight! #FCBMUFC#FCBasel1893#UCLpic.twitter.com/ApeSIxoXdp— FC Basel 1893 EN (@FC_Basel_en) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Manchester United team news The team news is in! Here's your #MUFC starting XI for tonight's #UCL fixture... pic.twitter.com/hzisplp3fN— Manchester United (@ManUtd) November 22, 2017 6:58PM Match preview Having demolished Newcastle at Old Trafford this weekend, Manchester United will be looking to keep their momentum going in the Champions League. Jose Mourinho and co. face a trip to Switzerland to play FC Basel at St. Jakob Park and – after emphatically beating the Swiss champions 3-0 at home in September – will be fairly confident of three points and another comfortable victory. United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening. CSKA currently 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. United would do well not to underestimate Basel, who beat Benfica 5-0 not too long ago and also won away at CSKA (even if they then lost their home leg). They have Taulant Xhaka in their ranks  – elder brother of Arsenal's Granit Xhaka – though the influential midfielder is suspended this evening. They also boast the talent of young forward Dimitri Oberlin, who has already scored three goals in the group stage this season. United should still have too much for the RotBlau, with Mourinho likely to name a strong team. Get a positive result against Basel, and the Portuguese coach can turn his mind to masterminding knockout wins. Jose Mourinho will be keen to secure top spot in the group this evening Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

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