Jose Mourinho downplays Man United UCL hopes, focused on topping group

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It is more different in relation to the Premier League, so no need to adapt to Champions League.

"But we are strong, we are playing well, we have good confidence in ourselves".

Jose Mourinho's men now face Shaqiri's old side Basel in the Champions League - and the forward has told his team-mates they have a chance against the creaky back four.

Back-to-back victories over Chelsea in the Champions League group stage in 2013.

'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.

"Probably, even if Jones and Bailly were not suspended, I would probably play Smalling and Lindelof tomorrow".

"Juventus, because they were champions in Italy three months in advance, they could play... with the second team and arrive fresh for the quarter-final, the semi-final, the final of the Champions League".

It might seem like a straightforward draw, but it has not escaped Mourinho's attention that United finished third in Group C behind Basel and Benfica in 2011 and failed to get out of a group that included CSKA Moscow in 2015.

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But I think the English teams will do well this year, apart from Spurs who have a tough group.

Defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones, who have started all four of United's Premier League games this season, are serving UEFA bans heading into the European campaign. David is really well and really confident and I go with David'. He needs a little bit of time to adapt to the Premier League, especially to the new Premier League.

"He is very bright and very clam and step by step he will be there".

Asked whether De Gea and Romero would share the duties in the Champions League, the United boss replied: 'No, I go match by match. There is no point in them simply defending for 90 minutes, as United have so much class in attack they are bound to score at some time.

'I don't like that clear separation of you play this competition, I play this competition.

"Goodness knows, we had too many free-kicks against us, but that wasn't because we're a physical team, it was because the referee misinterpreted too many things in my view".

United have reached the knockout stages in 16 of their previous 20 Champions League appearances; however they haven't made it past the group stages since 2013/14.

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