Manchester United – Basel: 12th September 2017
Let’s say it will not be the first duel of the two teams. Over the years, FC Basel and United have met several times and the Swiss have always been surprised. In fact, United has not beat Basel for 3 straight duels! It was 2-1 for Swiss in UCLs in 2011, after 3-3 on the tour in England. That result cost Man. United qualifying in the elimination phase, in what was a big surprise. Surely the English will not underestimate the opponent again.
Mourinho, frustrated by the last result
Hosts will not play Young, Rojo and Ibrahimovic, while Bailly and Jones are suspended. These defense issues could give host beats, especially as we will see young people without experience at this level. Surely Mourinho is concerned about the defensive phase, especially as in the last championship match the “devils” received two goals at Stoke City (first prize in this season). It ended 2-2 and the Portuguese was very frustrated with this result. Usually Mourinho returns with clear victories after such less pleasant moments, and we will bet on this.
Basel is no longer dominating the domestic championship
FC Basel is no longer that impenetrable force in Switzerland: it comes after a 1-2 home with Lausanne in the championship, and has only one victory in the last 5 official matches. That was achieved in front of an amateur team in the Cup (2-0). United will “arrest” the possession of the balloon and anything but a victory in the score of “devils” will raise many questions. Goals in both halves can put our money in our pockets.