'Man Utd will be competing for Champions League title' - Keane shrugs off Basel setback

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The Red Devils suffered a 1-0 defeat on Swiss soil in their latest European outing but their former midfielder sees them challenging for the top prize

Manchester United will be among those “competing to win” the Champions League crown despite losing to Basel, says Roy Keane.

The Red Devils are back among the European elite this season courtesy of their Europa League triumph in 2016-17.

Man U 14/1 for CL glory

They have progressed positively through the group stage, but saw a 1-0 defeat on Swiss soil in their latest outing prevent them from booking a place in the last-16.

Jose Mourinho’s side still have one game left – a home date with CSKA Moscow – in which to get over that particular line and Keane believes they will kick on through the tournament once it reaches the knockout stage to challenge for the grandest of prizes.

The former United midfielder told ITV when reflecting on a disappointing reversal against Basel: "The big plus for United is that their form has been that good in the Champions League that they gave themselves room to slip up.

Roy Keane Manchester United compete Champions League

"When United have their strongest team out, they will compete with a lot of the teams in Europe.

"There are five or six players that played [against Basel] that won't be in their strongest team.

"Mourinho is looking at the bigger picture – forget about tonight and move on.

"They'll be competing to win this title without a doubt."

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United’s defeat to Basel was just their third in all competitions this season, and their first in the Champions League.

Mourinho’s side remain in Premier League title contention, are expected to progress in Europe and have also reached the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup as they seek to successfully defend that particular piece of silverware.

They do, however, have a testing period approaching, with their continental clash with CSKA on December 5 set to be sandwiched by domestic outings against Arsenal and Manchester City.

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