Manchester United 3 FC Basel 0 – UEFA Champions League

Manchester United played their first Champions League match in almost two years on Tuesday night, when Swiss champions Basel visited Old Trafford.

The Reds were without the suspended Eric Bailly and Phil Jones for their first Group A match. Chris Smalling and new signing Victor Lindelof came into replace them.

Basel travelled to Old Trafford off the back of a disappointing Swiss Super League loss to bottom club Lausanne. Despite top scorer Ricky van Wolswinkel, formerly of Norwich City, scoring a penalty, the Dutchman could not prevent Basel’s second league defeat of the season.

Mararoune Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford all scored as Manchester United beat Basel 3-0 at Old Trafford. In their first Champions League game in Group A, the Reds comfortably beat the Swiss champions, despite the injury to captain Paul Pogba.

Substitute Fellaini opened the scoring after 35 minutes. The Belgian headed in Ashley Young’s cross to give United the lead.

Romelu Lukaku added a second early in the second half, after good work from Juan Mata and Daley Blind. Blind took a short corner, which Mata laid off for the Dutchman to cross into the box. Lukaku headed in to give the Reds a comfortable lead.

Marcus Rashford then replaced Mata and added a third. On his Champions League debut, Rashford scuffed in Fellaini’s pull back to seal the win.

The Reds now face Everton at Old Trafford on Sunday in the Premier League. The next Champions League group game will see United travel to Russia to face CSKA Moscow.

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