Ibrahimovic makes Champions League history in Man Utd's Basel loss

Rachel Hardy
November 23, 2017

A point in Switzerland would've guaranteed progression, but after squandering a host of good first half chances, Basel grew into the game after the break, eventually finding a 90th minute victor through Michael Lang.

The Red Devils only need a draw to qualify for the knockout stage as Group A winners.

Mourinho will be especially frustrated by the defeat because it means he can not afford to rest players against CSKA, just days before the Manchester derby.

Jones missed training before United travelled to Switzerland and Mourinho expects him to sit out both the match at St. Jakob Park and the visit of Chris Hughton's side in the Premier League on Saturday.

He added of Smalling's hopes of going to the World Cup: "Of course".

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United's frustration in front of goal showed no sign of subsiding after the break, as they struggled to craft chances against a Basel side who made a marked improvement and even hit the crossbar through Lang.

"It just wasn't good enough second half". Mourinho threw Marcus Rashford, Nemanja Matic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in from the bench, but it was Basel that were forcing matters.

However, there were concerns that he would not be seen in a United shirt again following a serious knee injury in April and being released following the end of his one-year contract, but that failed to last long as he signed a new one-year deal with the club in the summer to continue his recovery.

"Man United will be bitterly disappointed because it was an opportunity to rest players in their next game and now they've got to keep playing", Ferdinand explained.

With United appealing in vain for offside, Raoul Petretta's measured pass found Lang and he tapped in at the far post to leave Mourinho cursing.

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