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September 27, 2011 2:45 PM EDT
Old Trafford — Manchester
Referee:‬ P. Tagliavento‎
Attendance:‬ 73115‎

Champions League Preview: Manchester United - Basel

Sir Alex Ferguson has injuries to contend with, but will expect a win against opponents who are only in fourth place in their domestic league after a mixed start.

By Joel Lamy

UEFA Champions League : Ryan Giggs, Benfica v Manchester United
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De Gea
Valencia, Jones, Evans, Evra
Nani, Giggs, Carrick, Park
Berbatov, Owen


Steinhofer, Kovac, Dragovic, Voser
Shaqiri, Yapo, Tembo, Zoua
Frei, Streller

Wayne Rooney is likely to be sidelined for the next two weeks with an ankle injury, while Javier Hernandez limped off during the match versus Stoke on Saturday, seemingly suffering a dead leg, and is considered a major doubt. Nemanja Vidic remains sidelined.

The Swiss side has almost a full squad to choose from but will be without central midfielder Benjamin Huggel who was sent off in the win over Otelul Galati. Former West Ham defender Radoslav Kovac is expected to start.

  • Manchester United only conceded four times at home in last season’s competition, but all teams it faced in the knockout stage scored at Old Trafford.
  • United has not conceded a goal in any competition this season which wasn’t scored by a striker (excluding the Community Shield).
  • The Red Devils last Champions League defeat at Old Trafford was the 1-0 loss to Besiktas in the group stages two years ago.
  • Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Stoke was the first Premier League match this season they haven’t won.
  • Basel has just 16 points from 10 matches in the Swiss Super League this season, leaving it fourth in the table.
  • However, the club comes into this match in some form having secured 11 points from its last five matches, although its last result was a 1-1 draw at fifth place Thun.
  • Both sides met in the 2002-03 Champions League. They drew 1-1 at Old Trafford but United triumphed 3-1 in Switzerland.
  • They won their first match in this season’s competition 2-1 against Otelul Galati.
  • Star midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri scored in the 3-1 home defeat against England in Euro 2012 qualifying.

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1David de GeaGoalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
35Fabio Da SilvaDefender
11Ryan GiggsMidfielder
16Michael CarrickMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
19Danny WelbeckStriker
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
24Darren FletcherMidfielder
10Michael OwenStriker
9Dimitar BerbatovStriker
39Mame Biram DioufStriker
1Yann SommerGoalkeeper
24Joo-Ho ParkDefender
-Aleksandar DragovicDefender
19David AbrahamDefender
33Markus SteinhöferMidfielder
20Fabian FreiMidfielder
34Granit XhakaMidfielder
9Marco StrellerStriker
9Alexander FreiStriker
31Jacques ZouaStriker
-Massimo ColombaGoalkeeper
5Arlind AjetiDefender
16Taulant XhakaDefender
15Radoslav KovacDefender
-Pascal SchürpfMidfielder
11Scott ChipperfieldMidfielder
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