Champions League predictions Gameweek 1 Tuesday: Wins for Man United & Chelsea?

Jose Mourinho

The Swedish defender was a £31.5 million (Dh153m) signing from Benfica but is yet to play a minute in the Premier League and has not even been on the bench for three of United's four fixtures.

Not to mention that Antoine would also be cup tied for the Champions League should Manchester United still be in the competition.

Mourinho confirmed that de Gea will continue in goal, and that Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof would play in central defence amidst of Bailly and Jones.

Meanwhile, the Manchester United boss will also be without the services of his two first-choice centre-backs on Tuesday. They'll joined the injured group of Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, and James Wilson on the sideline, as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic who is still working his way back to fitness following last season's devastating knee injury.

United's squad flourished in the Europa League and that will help somewhat - but Michael Carrick is the only Champions League victor in the entire squad, with Paul Pogba a losing finalist.

And whereas Mourinho's other summer signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have made immediate impacts, the United manager has stated it will take time for Lindelof to adapt to English football.

"Real Madrid are on a different level: they won the last two Champions Leagues so it's a different reality". "Yes, he had a problem with his national team and then he played a match against Greece, and after the match he felt the problem".

Pogba will now get the opportunity to make his first Champions League appearance for the Red Devils against Basel on Tuesday and is relishing the opportunity to grace the grandest of stages once more.

Mourinho often gives the impression of a protective father when discussing the qualities of Marouane Fellaini in front of the media.

He talked about this being United's natural habit but that more than applies to the Portuguese, too.

'I think they have the potential to go all the way.

"I can only judge his record in England by seeing it was not as good as it was in Holland, Portugal and Switzerland", he said, speaking to Talksport.

United has won three of its first four league games and has been more clinical this season, with new striker Romelu Lukaku scoring five goals in five matches in all competitions and midfielders Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan looking more risky going forward.

Mourinho guided United to European success last season by lifting the Europa League, but only did so after playing a second-string side in numerous club's final Premier League fixtures and seeing their league position suffer.

'We have to try to go to the last 16 and enjoy that special knockout phase with the best teams in Europe'.

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