Pogba a major factor in United's Europe ambitions

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba

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While United have lost ground in the league, they have not missed a beat in the Champions League and visit Basel tonight needing just a point to reach the knockout phase as group winners.

Phil Jones, Eric Bailly and Michael Carrick will miss Manchester United's trip to Basel, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic will start the evening on the bench.

It was Martial's fifth Premier League goal of the season, but his first as a starter.

The former Chelsea boss has got a very strong defense but in the attacking third, United have not been at their best and therefore, Jose must come with a new attacking system and we believe that 4-1-2-1-2 wide formation would be perfect.

And Ibra, who has taken to calling himself more lion than human, could be roaring at the final in Kiev next May.

Ibrahimovic is likely to be tested alongside Romelu Lukaku at some stage of the season, but Mourinho may not risk playing both stars together yet. Fans, however, feared that without the midfielder the club would slump in the race to the Premier League title. But the six-time reigning Italian champions can move through to the knockout round if they avoid defeat and Olympiakos get a result at Sporting.

There has been concern over the St Jakob Park pitch
There has been concern over the St Jakob Park pitch Credit KEYSTONE

The retired Swedish international certainly wasn't looking to retire from national football following his substantial knee injury in April.

Jose Mourinho used his pre-match interview to weigh up the difficulties an away European fixture posed, as well as explaining why he had made seven changes to his starting line-up.

'Zlatan and Marcos have been out for a long time and it's great to have them back. Lindelöf started shakily, losing his feet for Dwight Gayle's opener, but regained his composure and settled down in the second half. The much-travelled Glenn Murray has hit form in front of goal of late too, netting four times in his last four appearances.

The match at Old Trafford kicks off at 15:00GMT on Saturday, meaning it falls within the restrictions of the UK TV blackout. Because of this, Ibrahimovic might now be relied upon for last-minute goals instead of Fellaini, who could be on his way out in any event. In particular, the homegrown Frenchman brings an impetus to the squad's midfield that had been sorely lacking in his absence.

He said: "Of course, winning the Champions League would be massive, huge". All of this comes at a busy period for United.

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