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Elias Hubbard | 23 November, 2017, 01:24

Jose Mourinho made this comment while addressing journalists in the build up to Manchester United's next tie in the UEFA Champions League away at FC Basel.

Jose Mourinho's men lost 1-0 in Switzerland, but Ibrahimovic nevertheless made history, appearing for his seventh club in Europe's elite club competition, more than any other player.

United will be guaranteed top spot in Group A with even a draw against Basel, despite closest rivals CSKA Moscow beating Benfica earlier in the evening.

Midfielder Michael Lang tucked in an 89th victor for Basel after Raoul Petretta found him with a pinpoint low cross at the far post, giving United's stand-in keeper Sergio Romero no chance.

And Red Devils midfielder Pogba is certain that Manchester United can catch the Citizens in the race for the title. Paul Pogba also returned from a long-term injury. He earned valuable minutes on the pitch in his quest of reaching the needed fitness levels.

The England worldwide had a thigh injury flare-up on global duty and will also miss Saturday's match against Brighton.

His team-mates missed him very much while he was recuperating and now they need him 100% fit again.

Moments later, Martial sped onto an Ander Herrera pass down the left and outstripped two defenders, only for Vaclik to divert the shot from a tight angle behind his goal with a one-handed save. The Swede played a crucial role in their three trophies last season, having joined fromParis Saint-Germain on a free transfer in the previous summer.

Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian replace the former duo, while Henrikh Mkhitaryan doesn't start, reducing his chances at redemption following a severe drop in form.

He does not yet share team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic's cult status, but Paul Pogba's display on his comeback from injury showed his importance to Manchester United is second to none.

Mourinho has indicated Pogba could be rested, but whether he plays or not, his return to fitness has given United a major lift. David De Gea did wonderfully so far this season and he got a night off. Manchester United will host Brighton this coming weekend as points in the Premier League are a priority now.

Fellaini is out of contract at the end of the season and can start talking to overseas clubs in January.

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