Mourinho says Man Utd failed to evolve under predecessors
Sep 12 2017
Bailly is serving the last of his three-game ban for the red card he picked up in last season's Europa League semi-final second leg with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford.
Lindelof has not played in the Premier League since his £31 million move from Benfica in the summer and Mourinho has suggested the Swede may be more suited to games in Europe. "We need to play our best football to win the games".
"He's (Jones) playing well for us", Mourinho told reporters.
'I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, it doesn't matter if he is on the bench or if he is on the pitch.
Jones endured a hard afternoon at the Britannia Stadium as he was at fault for Stoke's second half equaliser but Mourinho has refused to criticise the England global for his display.
It seems like an eternity since United made a splash in the Champions League.
When players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and Breel Embolo were sold in recent years, they were often replaced by shrewd acquisitions like Mohamed Salah, who left Basel for Chelsea after his goals beat the current English champion four years ago. "When players go to the national team they belong to the national team".
The pair have started all of United's Premier League games this season but will both be suspended for the meeting with Basel.
After a season out of Europe's premier club competition, United return to Champions League action against FC Basel - the outfit at which the Stoke midfielder began his professional career.
"He's an important player for me - a lot more important than you can imagine".
"Intelligent kid, very bright, very calm. There is a reason for Eric and Jones to be anxious because Victor is very good".
David de Gea will retain his place in goal over Sergio Romero, who was United's starting goalkeeper during their successful Europa League campaign last season.
United's strength-in-depth means that even with a few changes they should have too much quality for a Basel side who have not had the best of starts to the season.
The game at Old Trafford is United's first appearance in the Champions League since the 2015/16 season when they were eliminated at the Group Stage under former manager Louis Van Gaal, according to the Independent.