Jose Mourinho confirms David de Gea will start against FC Basel

Lukaku's experience extends to a handful of qualifiers with Anderlecht when he was a teenager.

"I follow football all over Europe and I played against Basel during the group stage when I was at Benfica".

Manchester United's manager, Jose Mourinho will not just be delighted that the club is returning to top flight European football after a year of "sabbatical" leave, he is aiming to be the first person to manage three different clubs to European glory should Manchester United emerge champions next year's May.

It raises the question about whether Champions League experience matters. "It is highly unusual these days for a £75 million striker not to have had previous experience", the former United midfielder said of Lukaku.

Sir Alex Ferguson, though, would probably tell you otherwise.

Basel arrive in Manchester in underwhelming form - no win in three games and a recent defeat to bottom of the table Lausanne-Sport means that last season's Swiss Super League champions may be in for a tough opening fixture.

United will kick off the Champions League campaign on Tuesday, with tickets still available to buy.

"There is more difference in relation to the Premier League". It would be no surprise to see him do it again on his Champions League debut. With seven goals in seven league games, Dutch forward Ricky van Wolfswinkel might make Norwich fans wonder why he scored just a single goal in their relegation season of 2013-14. Detractors call it being a "flat-track bully".

Mourinho criticised organisers of England's top flight last season during United's gruelling run to a victorious Europa League final, accusing them of failing to protect their clubs competing in Europe.

"I don't know what the stats are but I'd argue that in general play they played more long balls than we did because they've got that threat and that's what they try to exploit".

Manchester United are back in the Champions League for the first time since 2015 after winning the Europa League last season. "To my mind Old Trafford is one of the best grounds in the world".

"It's hard to compare at the moment", he said.

"Of course it was hard to watch Champions League games on TV".

You can't count a team out who has Neymar - you'd rather have him than not - but I think PSG will fall short.

He is set to get his first chance this week.

  • Stacy Allen