Man Utd 3-0 Basel

Manchester United 3-0 Basel: A Look at Five Talking Points From the Game

​Manchester United marked their return to the UEFA Champions League with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Swiss champions, Basel. Goals from Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford sealed the win but Paul Pogba's injury will be a major concern for the team.


Here are the five talking points from the game.

Next2 / 6

5. Paul Pogba's injury

Pogba hanstring injury

Paul Pogba must have been over the moon after being announced as captain for the game, however, that happiness was short-lived after the Frenchman got injured in the 17th minute and was replaced by Marouane Fellaini.


Pogba pulled his hamstring after trying to win the ball in midfield and immediately signalled to the bench. He limped off to the dressing room and was seen leaving Old Trafford on crutches.

Manager Jose Mourinho said that Pogba could be out for upto six weeks which would be a pretty big blow for the team.

Next3 / 6

4. Ashley Young put in a captain's shift

Young

​Ashley Young, playing his first game since May, replaced Antonio Valencia at right-back and was handed over the captain's armband after Pogba's injury. And boy, did he play well. The 32-year-old put in a brilliant performance and was a constant threat on the right flank.


Young put in a sublime cross for Marouane Fellaini to head in and had one of his better game for Manchester United. Despite his limited abilities, Young will prove to be a useful player to have in the squad. 

Next4 / 6

3. Basel need to improve

Mohamed Elyounoussi

It was all plain sailing for the Red Devils barring a couple of chances that ​Mohamed Elyounoussi had to score but the Norwegian couldn't capitalise on either one. 


In the 39th minute, he had a free header in the box from a free-kick but he mistimed his header and it went straight to de Gea. De Gea reacted brilliantly when he tipped Elyounoussi's effort over the bar and that was the only time that the Spaniard was called into action. 


The second position in the group is still pretty much open and Basel need to capitalise on the opportunities if they want to progress to the knockout stage.

Next5 / 6

2. Marouane Fellaini proves his worth

Fellaini heading in

“A lot more important than you can imagine,” was the answer of Jose Mourinho when asked about the importance of Marouane Fellaini to the team. And the Belgian proved his worth by putting in an excellent display after coming on to replace Paul Pogba in the first half.


Fellaini scored the opening goal of the game, heading in an Ashley Young's cross and was a constant threat in the box. ​It was, arguably his best performance in United's shirt and the Belgian has improved leaps and bounds under Jose Mourinho. With Paul Pogba out, Fellaini will play a lot more and the fans will be hoping for more of such performances.

6 / 6

1. Great return to the Champions League

old trafford

​December, 2015. The last time Manchester United played in the Champions League. After almost two years, the Red Devils are back on the biggest stage and back among the big boys of Europe. 


Last time they were knocked out in the group stage but a lot has changed since then and the fans will be hoping for a longer run in the tournament this time around. And the early signs are positive after Manchester United were drawn into a fairly easy group and won their first match by a healthy margin. 


The players put in great performances and it marked a perfect return for United to biggest club competition.