FC Basel v Manchester United: Match Preview

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FC Basel v Manchester United
UEFA Champions League: Group C
St Jakob Park
Wednesday, December 7th; 19:45

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Basel have no injury worries ahead of the Group C showdown, with the same team that beat Otelul Galti expected to be trusted with guiding the Swiss side to the last-16.

United are missing both Javier Hernandez and last season's top scorer Dimitar Berbatov with respective foot injuries while Michael Carrick is suspended.

Michael Owen and twins Rafael and Fabio will also miss out, as does Tom Cleverley.


Ferguson seeks comfort in away record

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is hoping his side's impressive recent away form in the Champions League will help secure their place in the last-16.

While United have won four points from six on the road in the group stage this season, just one win at home leaves them needing a point from their final game to qualify.

Their group stage troubles began when they relinquish a two-lead lead at Old Trafford against FC Basel, their opponents on Wednesday night, in September.

Ferguson said: "We have a good record away from home in the last few years and that helps us. Hopefully it applies itself again.

"There was obvious complacency in our game at Old Trafford. We went 2-0 up but missed chances. It was a strange game. [After going 3-2 down] we managed to get the equaliser which maybe rescued us in this group.

"We need to make sure we try and control the game as we did at [Aston] Villa [in which United won 1-0]. There was nothing wrong with our tactics against Basel at Old Trafford. We just showed a lack of discipline in the second half and it cost us an extra two points."

Basel caretaker boss Heiko Vogel is looking forward to the challenge of taking on United, and says his team are focused on creating one of the shocks of this year's competition.

Having appeared in three of the last four finals, United were considered, before the competition started, to be the strongest English side in the Champions League, and Vogel says his team will be ready.

“I think everyone, not just in this city but across Swiss football, is looking forward to this game," he said.

“For us it's a great climax to a successful year – I hope we can pull off the big coup.

“Everybody can feel the level of anticipation, but the mood with me and my team is of the necessary relaxation; we are focused.”

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