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.
It's likely that Man Utd will start with Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof at the back.
Jose Mourinho can not confirm if Marouane Fellaini will be fit enough to play against FC Basel, after the Manchester United midfielder missed the trip to Stoke City with a calf injury. "If we think they are exhausted, we played with other players".
Boss Jose Mourinho confirmed there would be no repeat of last season's Europa League policy of fielding Sergio Romero.
"Obviously, Mourinho has won the trophy before so we're going to be there or thereabouts, but whether we've got the players to go the whole way, I don't know." said Ryan on Jose's experience in Europe's elite competition.
"I don't like that clear separation of "I play in this competition and you play in this competition", he said.
Manchester United will make their return to the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night when they host Basel at Old Trafford. "I don't think Bailly and Jones are better than them, I think they are the same level". 'I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad.
He talked about this being United's natural habit but that more than applies to the Portuguese, too. I'm critical about certain things about Mourinho but when it comes to winning in Europe, you can't argue with him. "They arrived in the Champions League final with a fresh team", Mourinho said in his pre-match press conference, as quoted by the Independent.
The Red Devils, who are top of the table after taking 10 points from their first four games, return to Premier League action next weekend with a home clash against Everton at Old Trafford.
"We have to qualify for the round of 16 and then enjoy the special nature of the knockouts".
Manchester United will feature in Group A along with FC Basel, CSKA Moskva and Benfica and many believe it should be easy for the English Premier League side to navigate through.