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December 7, 2011 2:45 PM EST
St. Jakob-Park — Basel
Referee:‬ B. Kuipers‎
Attendance:‬ 36000‎
 

Champions League Preview: Basel - Manchester United

The Red Devils travel to Switzerland knowing a draw will see them through, while a home win will enable the hosts to qualify from the group stage for the first time since 2003

By Liam Twomey

Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United (Getty Images)

PROBABLE LINEUPS

BASEL

Sommer
Steinhofer, Abraham, Dragovic, J.Park
Shaqiri, Huggel, G.Xhaka, F.Frei
Streller, A.Frei

MANCHESTER UNITED

De Gea
Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra
Nani, Jones, Fletcher, Young
Rooney
Welbeck
With no fresh injuries or suspensions, Basel boss Heiko Vogel is likely to stick with the same starting XI which helped secure a 3-2 victory over Otelul Galati on matchday five.

For United, the absence of Michael Carrick through suspension means Sir Alex Ferguson will almost certainly persist with Phil Jones in the center of midfield, with Chris Smalling deputing at right-back.

Up front, the ankle injury sustained by Javier Hernandez means Danny Welbeck is likely to be the man linking up with Wayne Rooney.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Basel needs to win on Wednesday night in order to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages, while a draw will suffice for Manchester United.
  • Manchester United is unbeaten in the three previous meetings between the sides, winning once and drawing twice.
  • If Basel qualify from Group C, it will be only the second time it has gone beyond the first group stage of the Champions League. The first time, back in 2003, it reached a second group stage, and ultimately missed out on the quarterfinals only by goal difference.
  • Manchester United has reached the Champions League final in three of the last four years, and currently sit top of the UEFA club coefficient rankings.
  • Basel is currently on a run of nine straight victories in domestic competitions, and have only lost three of their 25 matches in all competitions this season.
  • Manchester United has only lost one of its last 25 away matches in the Champions League.
  • Both teams have scored in each of the three previous meetings between the sides.
  • Basel keeper Yann Sommer and Manchester United stopper David de Gea faced each other in last summer’s European Under-21 Championship final, with De Gea’s Spain triumphing 2-0 over Sommer’s Switzerland.
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1Yann SommerGoalkeeper
24Joo-Ho ParkDefender
-Aleksandar DragovicDefender
19David AbrahamDefender
33Markus SteinhöferMidfielder
11Xherdan ShaqiriMidfielder
20Fabian FreiMidfielder
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34Granit XhakaMidfielder
9Marco StrellerStriker
9Alexander FreiStriker
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21Genseric KusungaDefender
15Radoslav KovacDefender
11Scott ChipperfieldMidfielder
14Valentin StockerMidfielder
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31Jacques ZouaStriker
1David de GeaGoalkeeper
3Patrice EvraDefender
4Phil JonesDefender
5Rio FerdinandDefender
12Chris SmallingDefender
15Nemanja VidicDefender
11Ryan GiggsMidfielder
13Ji-Sung ParkMidfielder
17NaniMidfielder
18Ashley YoungMidfielder
10Wayne RooneyStriker
13Anders LindegaardGoalkeeper
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24Darren FletcherMidfielder
25Antonio ValenciaMidfielder
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