Manchester United still catching up to Champions League big guns

Hope Soto
September 13, 2017

Subsequently United failed to qualify for the Champions League in the following two seasons and they're back in the competition not due to their domestic league form but because they won the Europa League in May. Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Marouane Fellaini are all early doubts. "But I can not say yet".

"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. "I don't like that clear separation of "I play in this competition and you play in this competition". I will go with David tomorrow again".

Manchester United centre-backs Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are suspended. In his MUTV interview at the Aon Training Complex, the boss revealed he had always planned to select the pair.

Mourinho will give Fellaini the chance to prove he has recovered from a calf injury, while Bailly and Jones serve the final match of their European suspensions.

But Lampard has been impressed with their recruitment this summer and thinks their solid defence - a luxury few other Premier League sides boast - can lay the foundations for an excellent campaign in Europe.

Writing in his column for the Mirror, Collymore is adamant that the current Premier League champions will struggle in Europe this season and rivals Liverpool and Manchester United are better equipped for the knockout rounds. "I trust them. I am not anxious at all that Bailly and Jones are out".

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There is something clever to the way Manchester United have approached this week.

"He's probably exhausted with two consecutive matches with the national team so it's good that on Tuesday he gets his rest and it's an opportunity for Smalling and Lindelof to play the Champions League match".

"The group will be very tough", he said. "You know, we take it step by step". The midfielder scored on the opening day and has added to his personal tally - another goal and two more assists in the next three games - keeping the Red Devils at the summit, by the end of week four in the Premier League.

"Then he had an awesome career in the Premier League after that and I am sure Victor will be the same".

Describing his squad's motivation for the Champions League as "very high", Mourinho nonetheless acknowledged that two years away from the tournament means that they don't go into the competition as one of the favourites.

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