Marouane Fellaini is key as Manchester United return to Chamions League

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The duo will be replaced by Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof, who are set to make their first starts of the season, at the heart of the Manchester United defence, with Mourinho confirming the same following the 2-2 draw at Stoke City on Saturday.

Bailly and Jones were at fault for both goals in the 2-2 draw and if Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is enough to make their knees wobbly - this is a man who scored three times for Schalke a year ago - one wonders what European's elite can do. English teams normally that's impossible, because the competition goes very strong until the end. Elimination of Tottenham in the Europa League quarterfinals a season earlier.

Manchester United laboured exhaustively for the entirety of last season for this moment - to be back in the Champions League.

Manchester United play their first Champions League match in almost two years tonight when they host Basel at Old Trafford.

The last time United stomped on all-comers on their way to the Champions League knockout stages was, of course, under the great David Moyes.

"Everybody is excited - the fans and the players!"

Mourinho is likely to name a full-strength side, so who could feature against a team that eliminated United from this competition in 2011?

"It's another step for us to play at the highest level, in the Champions League with the best teams in Europe".

"We went already to Moscow two seasons ago and we didn't beat them", added Herrera.

Jose should give rest to the players who have played all four games in the Premier League.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst's Feyenoord have won their opening four Dutch Eredivisie fixtures this season, scoring 12 goals. Ashley Young's goal at the death saw United snatch a draw but Basel exacted revenge with a 2-1 win at St Jakob-Park when Sir Alex Ferguson's men needed a point to progress from the group. This is a ideal opportunity for them to win their first game back in the big time and I am sure Jose Mourinho will be expecting his team to challenge on both domestic and European fronts.

"Other countries protect their clubs". United qualified by winning the Europa League.

"It's good to be back in the Champions League, especially at Old Trafford. I feel very confident".

United are unbeaten in 18 European home games (W14 D4), going back to a 2-1 home loss to Real Madrid in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg. Madrid may have to be patient in order to break them down, although with Ronaldo no doubt keen to show what they have been missing without him, they should get their campaign for a third successive Champions League off to a smooth start.